Is this swordtail sick? Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by AquaMelody, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. AquaMelodyNew MemberMember

    Hi, we recently bought a male swordtail. He is acting weird. He likes to stay in a corner, not moving much, with his body hanging down. When he is up and about, he looks OK except that his fins are kind of clamped. And there is a bit discoloration on his tail, up left. Please see the attached picture. What's wrong with him? Thank you!
     

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  2. hgrad98Valued MemberMember

    I'm gonna say dropsy. links for more info below

     
    -Tetra-fish.com

     
    - about.com

     
    - fish-disease.net

    Hope it gets better!

    -Hunter

    P.S. It might be just because it is stressed. It might not be sick at all. Give it a day or two, and check its symptoms to see if they match up with the sites i gave you.

    Treatment:
     
    For Americans

     
    For Canadians

    you can order this online, or get it in-store. treats most if not all bacterial diseases, including dropsy.
     
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    AquaMelodyNew MemberMember

    Thank you, hgrad98!
     




  4. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Clamped fins could be a sign of ammonia or nitrite poisoning, have you tested your water & if so what are the numbers?
     




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    AquaMelodyNew MemberMember

    Just tested it. ammonia=0~0.25, nitrite=0, nitrate=160, ph=8.2

     
  6. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Your nitrate is very high, that could be a big part of the problem
    I'd suggest you do a water change to try & get it down as soon as you can then test again
     
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    AquaMelodyNew MemberMember

    Will do, thank you! High nitrate has been a problem since the beginning. Our tap water tested 20ppm. The other fish look fine. Shall I remove this one? This is a new tank, so I do not have a QT tank yet, but I have a small betta bowl and a bucket. Also, will a salt bath help?

     
  8. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I wouldn't move him just yet or use salt, just do a large water change as large as you can & retest as the high nitrates will be affecting all of your fish
     
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    AquaMelodyNew MemberMember

    How large a water change will you recommend? I can go all the way if necessary but wouldn't that shock the fish? Thank you, Coradee!

     
  10. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I'd do 50% for now as you don't want to shock them, I'd also do a gravel vac if you can, those nitrates have to be coming from somewhere if your tap is testing at 20ppm.
    What is your tank maintenance regime?
     
  11. hgrad98Valued MemberMember

    i think you could even do a 60% water change.

    you could use this stuff to lower your nitrates

     
    -for Canadians

     
    - for Americans

    advice: get an API Master freshwater test kit. (if you don't already have one) It may be slightly expensive up front, but compared to the strips, it is a way better value. It is also considerably more accurate than the strips.
     
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    AquaMelodyNew MemberMember

    I did a 50% water change last night. This morning the nitrate tested 20ppm, as far as I could tell. I guess I am not reading it correctly. I do have the API Master test kit. But it's kind of hard for me to read. I went outside to read it under natural light. If I hold the tube against the white on the color board, I mean touching the board, it always looks very dark. If I lift the tube a bit, it looks lighter. If I hold it toward the light, it looks the lightest. How do you guys read it?

    The swordtail is still quite lethargic.
     




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