Raised scale and possible infection

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by MadKing, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. MadKingNew MemberMember

    I was away last Sunday and when I got back my Red Devil x Midas had a raised scale. He's had it for a week now. He started to spit out his food without eating.


    Any idea what this is? And how do I treat it?
    I moved him to a hospital tank and added some tetracycline.
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  2. Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

    Hi, I have a link from Tetra that has a few common diseases/problems.
  3. MadKingNew MemberMember

    Thank you but that didn't help
  4. Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

    Sorry it was no help but it does have some good references to common diseases. I am wondering if the missing scale is from scratching against something as in a body fluke or some other organism. Bullying as well and the fish tries to move and can run into things.

    At this point if the not eating or spiting the food back out is a real concern. May want to use a heavy hitter like Kanaplex to treat the fish. It is very strong but when it comes to diseases, I usually want to use only one medication instead of several milder ones. Others of course may have differing opinions.
    Hope it gets better quickly.
  5. Sarcasm IncludedWell Known MemberMember

    It could be a developing ulcer or hemorrhage, which you would use different medications for, Kanamycin and Trisulfa respectively. Though if you have a low PH, you would would want to change out kanamycin for Oxytetracycline, unless it develops further and you determine it as columnaris. Tetracycline is ineffective in high PH and light accelerates the breakdown of it. It also should not be combined with other antibiotics treatments.
  6. MadKingNew MemberMember

    Oxytetracycline did the job :)