somethings wrong with my gbr

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by blizowman1, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. blizowman1New MemberMember

    so i noticed a white spot on his tail the other day and have been watching it close to try and figure out what it is the is now two white spots on the side of its head in front of his black spot. and his bottom lip looks blistered or torn up almost like he had been in a fight with something. i dont think it is ich cause it doesnt look white and cotton like plus no other fish in my tank has anything wrong with them. i have some pics the best i could get them.
    his lip
    his tail and the bumps in front of his black spot

    and i noticed i went to feed him some thawed frozen blood worms when he went to suck one up it was hanging out his gill and then when he spit it out it came out. i didnt notice it happen anymore but my guy has me worried
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  2. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    welcome to the forum

    I'm not all that good with pathology, but water changes are the thing to do until you figure out what it is. It's some sort of infection and needs to be treated, but in order to treat you need to know what it is you are treating so you can use the right stuff.

    I'm sure someone will be along who will be able to help you determine what it is. The best I can do is say it's probably a fungal or bacterial infection.
  3. OP

    blizowman1New MemberMember

    Well I hope someone can tell me what it is. Will it spread to my other fish if it's a fungus or bacterial thing and what would cause the. I can't really put salt in it cause of my corys

  4. mosaicguppyWell Known MemberMember

    It looks like fungus to me, does it look fluffy? If it's fungus, you can use pimafix and it should fix the problem quite quickly.

  5. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Some bacteria can look like fungi, so it's not always that easy.

    I would NOT add salt, even if you didn't have corys. That's a prime example of "treating" the fish when you don't know what's wrong.
  6. escapay

    escapayWell Known MemberMember

    What are your current water parameters for this tank?

    My aunt had a Rainbowfish with something similar on the tail... that was due to (I believe) high nitrates and stress from poor water condition.
  7. Lexi03Well Known MemberMember

    I don't know for sure what is wrong, sorry. I justed wanted to chime in for clarifiction. Ich does not look like cotton, it looks like the fish has been sprinkled with salt.
  8. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    I would start with daily water changes. Depending your current water parameters, 30-50%. And with each change deep gravel vacs, no more than 25% each day. Clean under decor items where debris likes to collect.

    Hopefully it will heal on its own with fresh water. Otherwise, hopefully you can diagnose by then.
  9. OP

    blizowman1New MemberMember

    I'm not sure what the parameters are right now I had to work Sunday so I didn't get to do my weekly water change. But I'll test when I get home and give a definant answer. And I vacuum really good every time I change water but it might become a little hard cause I am planning on adding some plants as soon as I can get to my lfs
  10. OP

    blizowman1New MemberMember

    Well I decided to go get fungal infection medicine cause the white had started to form over his eyes. I dosed it yesterday morning as instructed and woke up today to my German blue ram dead upside down on the bottom:( I hate that he didn't make it. What is the cause of fungal and bacterial infections? I don't want this to happen again especially if I decide to buy another that ram
  11. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    In my experience, GBRs are not very hardy. If you get another, try and get it from a private breeder vs fish store stock.

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