Hole in Side of Guppy

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by donb, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. donb

    donbNew MemberMember

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    I have a guppy that developed a hole in her side--almost like her intestine has been rerouted. No other problems: she eats, swims, acts completely normal. I have several hundred guppies in two, 40 gallon tanks. She was moved to this isolation tank when I noticed the problem. All the other fish are disease free. I have not been able to find any on-line solutions. Any suggestions?

    Note: photo was taken when she was pregnant, after giving birth, she returned to her normal size but still has this active hole.


    Female Guppy.
     
  2. endlercollector

    endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

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    It's hard for me to see the hole. It is a lesion? Have you gotten any fish, plants, etc, recently? What are you water parameters today?

    You could go ahead and treat for parasites. Quite frankly, as someone who also has a lot of livebearers that are breeding, I've gotten to the point where I euthanize unhealthy fish rather than trying to medicate them. It's hard to do, but the overall health of the population is more important.
     
  3. junebug

    junebugFishlore LegendMember

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    I'm with ec, it's probably parasites, but you have to consider if it's worth potentially infecting all of your other several hundred guppies. I euthanize sick livebearers as well, unless I just have a sick tank, then I treat as best I can.
     
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