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Old 09-21-2006, 03:23 PM   #1
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very sick cory - advice please

Hello everyone,

I just discovered that one of my cories is very sick. The tank is a 55 gallon and there are four other perfectly healthy cories in there and a pleco (also some tetras and other fish). The tank is not overstocked and I believe I am at zero for ammonia and nitrite and around 20 - 30 ppm for nitrate. I am checking the water in just a minute to confirm.

I've had this guy for about two months and never had a problem. I ran into the computer room to ask for your help and am filling up my spare 10 gallon to use as a hospital tank. I am almost certain he is beyond saving but I would like to try. He is lying on his side on the bottom of the tank. He looks dead however you can see some gill movements and when I tried to scoop him out (before realizing he was still alive) he wiggled a little.

I am going to put him in my 10 gallon tank using water from the 55. I have a spare filter running on the 55 just for problems like this so I will put that in the tank too. Please advise as to what I should do to treat him. Would photos help? I have pimafix, melafix, "fungus clear" and "parasite clear" on hand. All other fish look perfectly healthy. The temp is about 77 f.

I will be back in a minute with updated water parameters. Please help!

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Okay, the water parameters are what I thought - 0 ppm for both Nitrite and Ammonia and about 20 ppm for Nitrate. The PH is about 7.0. These parameters have not changed recently and it's been about one week since I did my last partial water change (35% or so).

This guy looks awful! Just lying on his side with his fins stuck out. He is a peppered cory and I've had him, as I said above, for a few months. The tank was set up in July and I haven't had any problems with any fish until today. Nothing new has been added to the tank recently. There are two HOB filters in there -- one is rated for a 75 gallon tank, the other for a 30 gallon tank. His tankmates are as follows:

4 other peppered cories
1 blue gourami
10 serpae tetras (they keep to themselves)
1 rubberlip pleco
1 (docile) male betta fish
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Does he have any visible signs other than the lethargy? White areas, red areas, swollen anywhere? Has he been eating and pooing normally for the last few days?
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Sadly, he just died. I don't think there was anything I could have done because by the time I noticed him this afternoon he was really far gone.

He did not have any swollen or red areas that I could see. I did see one small spot on him near one of his fins -- I don't think it was ich though. I did a pwc on my 55 gallon tank and a good gravel vac, so hopefully everyone else will be okay. The other cories (and other fish) all seem to be acting normally.
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Sorry to hear about your loss. Sometimes death occurs in fish and we don't know why.
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