Does my glofish have fin rot?? Pic include

Discussion in 'Glofish' started by ghardin, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. ghardin

    ghardinValued MemberMember

    PLEASE HELP!! Does my glofish have fin rot?? Pic include

    I have two glofish in a 5 gallon tank an i have only had it for five days. Tonight i notice white edges on my fish's fins and im afraid its fin rot. everything says that the water needs to be better, but im still cycling so i cant fo anything. HELP! :(:(:(:(:(:(

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  2. fishy friend2

    fishy friend2Valued MemberMember

    Does it appear fuzzy at the tips?
    If your fish does have finrot then I would recommend a good medication, mixed with daily water changes
  3. OP

    ghardinValued MemberMember

    Yeah a little fuzzy, im really scared, hes not eating a lot and he just hovers in one place at the very top of the tank

  4. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to Fishlore Grace.

    You need to be a bit more patient in waiting for a response. Someone will always come along who will offer advice.

    Your fish appears to have nipped fins and possibly ich. Hard to tell from your picture.

    Unfortunately these are schooling fish that should be kept in groups of 5 or more and need a much larger tank to thrive.

    :;fThread has been moved to Freshwater Fish Disease forum to get more visibility.

  5. OP

    ghardinValued MemberMember

    sorry about the impatience, just really worried
  6. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    I understand being worried.

    What are your current water parameters? As you just started your tank they could be affected by waste build up. Have you done any water changes?

    Your water temperature is far too cold for tropical fish. 69F is only adding to their stress. It should be in the 76-80F range. And, if your fish looks like it has been sprinkled with salt, you have ich, and the temp needs to be raised up to 86F.

    Follow the link in my signature above and read about curing ich naturally. If that sounds like what you have, then follow the steps to heal the fish.

    Good luck.

    :;fMultiple threads have been merged. Please only start one thread per topic as it can get very confusing for the members and difficult to track the responses.
  7. OP

    ghardinValued MemberMember

    It defiantly doesnt look like ICH, no spots at all, just the with trimmed fins, no eating, being really inactive, and opening and closing his mouth over and over again with his head at the very top of the tank. and my tank is still cycling so i dont want to do a MAJOR water change but i just did a 25% on this afternoon which was a bout a gallon for my 5 gallon tank. The ammonia is at 2.5 and im still at 0 for nitrite and nitrate.
  8. afremontNew MemberMember

    I understand that you are cycling a new tank, but your fish will die if you don't change allot of water right away. You also need to raise the temperature like the other poster said. Changing water will not slow your cycle. Not changing it will kill your fish. Please change allot of water now, use dechlorinator. Hurry.

    Edit: Don't raise the temp too much at once, a couple of degrees at a time is ok. You can save your fish if you do some 50% changes. If you only have a one gallon bucket, then do five one gallon changes. That's not exactly the same as doing a 100% change, it's only about 75% in the end. You can bring the water temp up by making each new gallon 5 degrees F higher than the tank is now. That should raise the tank one degree overall each time you pour in the water, just disperse it around and the fish won't mind it being warmer. Put in an air stone if you can, your fish's gills hurt.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  9. snapperWell Known MemberMember

    Changing a lot of water every day is essential to keeping your fish (and the ammonia source for your cycle) alive with a fish in cycle. I have done it, changing 90% water every day sometimes twice a day, and it did cycle and the fish lived through it. I hate to say it but it sounds like the fish in question is probably a goner. Once they stop eating it's not good. Try not to let your ammonia get that high again. If it's over .5ppm, time to change the water. Test morning and night. Commit yourself to testing and changing water every single day or take the fish back because they will not survive.
  10. afremontNew MemberMember

    I couldn't agree more, except I think the fish can still be saved at this point. :) I've seen a glofish and a cherry barb come bank from panting on the tank floor by doing massive water changes. Still kicking.
  11. snapperWell Known MemberMember

    I hope you are right afremont.

    One other thing, Aquasafe is not as good as Amquel or Prime for cycling. Those will lock up the ammonia and nitrite in the water for 24 hours so it will not harm your fish, but it is still available for the bacteria to eat. So if you could get that, combined with the water changes mentioned above, your fish will have the best chance at surviving while your tank cycles.
  12. OP

    ghardinValued MemberMember

    I tried, did a water change and everything, but he didnt make it :(
  13. afremontNew MemberMember

    Bummer, I'm sorry to hear that. I feel that most still have a reasonable chance until they're on the ground panting or lying on their side.
  14. GradSchoolZombie87

    GradSchoolZombie87Valued MemberMember

    Hello. Two things. First that is a painted fish and is subjected to such stress that it will be weak and will likely die. The process is that the breeder takes a needle and sticks it into the fish's body and injects dye. The dye eventually goes away but the fish is left weakened. We do not recommend buying these fish as here on Fishlore we believe it is animal cruelty and purchasing them only gives breeders more incentive to do it.

    Second, I don't recommend cycling with fish. Purchase a bottle of tetra safe start and follow the instructions. The , immediately add a small amount of fish. Hope this helps.
  15. snapperWell Known MemberMember

    GradSchoolZombie I believe that is actually one of the new genetically modified tetras.


    (Although you are correct about that particular species being one of the favorites for dyeing.)
  16. Lexi03Well Known MemberMember

    If it is a glofish, it is not dyed, it is geneticly modifided.
  17. PaintcrazeValued MemberMember

    The fish in the photo is not a glofish.
  18. afremontNew MemberMember

    Yes, I think it is. It's a new type they have made from a tetra of some kind.
    I saw some at p-mart and they didn't look all that hardy honestly.
  19. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    It is a gloTetra. They are expanding to other species. The tetra only comes in green, but wouldn't be surprised to see other colors soon.
  20. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    From the picture I saw, he has Glotetras. Genetically modified Skirt Tetras. They may have been under great stress from being in a small tank and not having a full school. Skirt Tetras need at least a school of five.

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