Archived message board.
Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center:
Fish diseases : Sick krib?
February 27, 2002 - 10:59 pm
I bought a pair of wild caught kribs from my LFS a few weeks
ago. The male turned purple and died after about 2 weeks.
The female is acting kind of strange. She doesn't have
any visible signs of illness (ie. no paracites, streaks
etc.). The only thing that's stange, is that the
fish is swimming by only moving its pectoral fins and it
just floats vertically. I have no idea what is wrong. I
read that wild caught species tend to get sick a lot, however
i don't see any signs of sickness. The fish seems to
be eating, well trying to eat at least. I highly doubt that
there is something wrong with the water because i have other
kribs and they're doing just fine. So if anyone knows
what might be wrong with my fish please let me know. I would
really like to try to save it.
March 05, 2002 - 12:23 am
My guess would be some sort of internal problem. You don't
always see signs of trouble, and this can make it hard to
figure out what is wrong. With any wild caught fish, especially
those that recently arrived and haven't been in captivity
for too long, its not a bad idea to feed the fish some sort
of medicated food to treat for internal parasites. Parasites
aren't always problem, but preventative "maintenance"
on wild caught fish is always a good idea...especially when
you get into those $100 wild caught African cichlids.
Sometimes simply going from one tank to another can cause
wild caught fish, or any fish for that matter, to become
stressed and more prone to diseases.
As for a medicated food, tetra used to make a good medicated
flake food, but have since stopped making it, I think Tetra
was bought by another company. Anyway, I don't really
know of any other brands, so now you're stuck with making
your own medicated food, which luckily, isn't really
March 05, 2002 - 08:52 am
I agree about the internal parasites being commonly found
in wild caught fish(many fish farms treat with an external
parasitic wash and problems don't really show up for
a few months), however the funny swimming really points
to swimbladder disease. Symptoms are a loss of balance and
fish swimming upside-down or on their side. It can result
from either poor water conditions, poor handling, breeding
or fighting per my book. If you just got the fish chances
may be it was handled roughly between the dealer,LFS store
and your tank. My book suggests isolation and treating with
an anitbiotic, but it also says if no improvement in 7 days
eutanasia should be considered. I think if your fish is
not scratching and does not have strange looking feces I
would lean more towards the bacterial infection. You say
you also have other krib, so make sure there is not any
fighting going on when you aren't looking. Most cichlids
will pester and fight with any newcomers.