Possible sick fish? Help!!

  1. Evan1 Initiate Member

    Ok. I have a velvet swordtail and since the day i bought him i never saw him eat. He always hungout at the bottom of the tank while the others feasted away. He always floated motionless and moved slowly. I am not noticing his mouth doesnt move and has turned white and is spreading up his face. Anyone know what going on? What should I do? Thanks :)
     
  2. swimfan Member Member

    How are things looking today? How long since you bought him? COuld he have been sick when you bought him? Most stores will do an exchange within a certain timeframe.
     

  3. Evan1 Initiate Member

    I bought him about 5 days ago. Each day the white dis-coloring around his mouth grows and my first instinct was that he was sick from day 1.
     
  4. Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    I'm afraid your fish is probably sick with fungus or columnaris or both. Get some Maracyn I and Maracyn II, and treat the tank according to the directions. You will be using these medications at the same time. You need to quarantine this fish if there are other fish in the tank, and put it in a 10 gal. tank if possible so the amount of medication you use is minimal. Follow the directions exactly, and don't get excited when the water turns very cloudy. This will happen, so don't be alarmed. Just make sure you have lots of aeration in the tank while using these meds. Add an airstone if you can.
     

  5. Jason Well Known Member Member

    Ive noticed that swordtails are very susceptible to fungus and fin rot. Hmm wonder why???