Red Wag Swordtail Has Little Pineconing?!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Vortexed, Apr 20, 2017.


Should I add stress coat ASAP?

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  1. VortexedValued MemberMember

    It's been a while since I posted here, but im having an issue and im really worried about the fish.

    I come home from school and I look and see a little bit of white ontop of his head, then he turns around and his scales are puffed up! Like pineconing, but only in a small area near the top of the fish. It has white under the scales. Should I add stress coat? Ammonia is 0. My profile pic is a pic of my aqaurium if you think he scratched himself.

  2. meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    Would you be able to post a pic or two of the problem? It sounds like it could be fungal or an injury. So sorry your buddy is having issues! :(

  3. VortexedValued MemberMember

    It was hard to get a pic of, sorry

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  4. meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    It is hard to tell from the pic but I know how that goes! I can't tell if it is fungal or an injury. My advice would be to either move him to a hospital tank with daily water changes and monitor him or if you don't have a hospital tank - regular changes and gravel vac in your main tank. If it gets worse, treat for fungal infection, if it starts to clear up on its own I would guess it to be an injury and it should heal on its own under good water conditions.
  5. ASquidabs0727Well Known MemberMember

    Could be dropsy. Is he bloated?
  6. VortexedValued MemberMember

    He is not. He is pretty skinny actually.
  7. ASquidabs0727Well Known MemberMember

    Is he lethargic or eating well?
  8. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Not lethlargic, eating well
  9. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Not lethlargic, eating well
  10. ASquidabs0727Well Known MemberMember

  11. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Is this your 20g? Can you list the rest of your parameters - pH, temp, nitrite, nitrate?

    I can't see too well from the pictures but if your profile is accurate and the list of inhabitants are accurate, has your molly or pictus shown any aggression towards it? FYI, the pictus is a predatory fish and will prey on small fish when lights go out and they are sleeping. I would rehome him either way as your tank isn't big enough and they need to be in a group of at least 6.
  12. meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    Is your fish looking any better or worse?
  13. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Its looking a bit better now.

    I got rid of my pictus weeks ago. The molly and swordtail actually like to hang around each other. Non aggressive.
  14. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    What are the water parameters? Issue could be due to water quality.

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