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March 03, 2002 - 09:24 pm
So what does it mean when your fish get all fuzzy? Is it
too late to save these fish?
March 04, 2002 - 06:46 am
Check Pats main board for medication on your symptoms. If
you use a good fungus medication and the fish doesn't
have complications it should improve. You can never tell
what is going on internally, but if you catch most diseases
in time they are treatable.
March 05, 2002 - 11:03 pm
Generally, if your fish get all fuzzy, it means that its
probably time for a water change. Fungal infections are
one of the many diseases that can be prevented from ever
occuring by keeping up with regular tank maintenance. Even
if you keep up with maintenance, get your tank water tested
to make sure everything is where it should be (low nitrates,
and no nitrites or ammonia).
If a fish scraped itself on something, and lost some scales,
this can also be a possible fungus infection, but generally,
fungus sets in if water quality has deteriorated
March 07, 2002 - 10:24 am
Thank you both for the information.
All my fish in my 10 gal bacame fuzzy. I believe they had
ick. I do regular water changes and take pretty good care
of them or so I thought. Now all but 2 of them have died.
I fear that by the end of today they will all be dead. I
had the water tested and the levels were all great except
the PH was a bit high. I have well water and so the ph comes
out of the tap high. I am at a loss on what to do from this
point. I have done another water change. Any more suggestions?
March 07, 2002 - 01:38 pm
If your well water is anything like it is where I live,
your pH is sky high as is water hardness.
The best thing in this situation is to go with fish that
prefer the well water. Also, if you use a water softener,
and use the softened water in the tank, this may be part
of the problem.
It could have been ick. I've seen cases of ick get very
bad and eventually, the fish gets fungus growing on it as
a secondary infection. This reminds me, fungus is generally
a secondary infection in a lot of cases, so if water quality
isn't the problem, the fish might have already been
sick with something else (ich in your case, a lot of
the time fungus follows bacterial infections if not properly
treated). As crazy as this might sound, try to keep
a couple of the dead fish, and if you can, take them to
a fish store so someone that might be a little more knowledgable
on diseases can take a look. We have people do this all
the time where I work, so don't feel crazy or weird
for carrying dead fish around with you (if all else
fails, you can throw them at people that cut you off).
March 07, 2002 - 06:13 pm
Pat has some really great pictures of ich. Try checking
out the reader submitted articles by I think Cecilia(Pandora
nickname). Fuzzy symptoms are not ich, but like G said
may be a secondary infection.Ich is very easy to diagnose
as it looks just like salt all over your fish.Ich can really
weaken the fish's immune system and thats when secondary
bacterial or fungal infections set in. What fish did you
have in the 10 gallon? Some fish are much more adaptable
and hardy. Many of the barb should not have any problems
with high ph and are really pretty resilient. Don't
get discoraged I only had ich back when I started my first
tank and have had no problems with the other four (almost
six years later). If I had quit back then I wouldn't
have all these neat fish!