Stress Or Sick? Rainbowfish



What is the water volume of the tank? 75g
How long has the tank been running? several months
Does it have a filter? yes Fluval FX4
Does it have a heater? Yes
What is the water temperature? 74-75
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.)
15 silvertip tetra
1 longfin albino bristlenose pleco
6 amano shrimp
2 turquoise rainbows f/f
2 millenium rainbows m/f
2 bosemanI rainbows m/f
2 parkinsonI rainbows m/f

How often do you change the water? once a week
How much of the water do you change? 30-50%
What do you use to treat your water? API stress coat
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Ecocomplete, vacuum weekly

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes
What do you use to test the water? API freshwater master kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: just over 20ppm (easy green, flourish excel)
pH: 7.0

How often do you feed your fish? twice daily
How much do you feed your fish? as much as they'll eat quickly usually, with one fasting day a week
What brand of food do you feed your fish? new life spectrum flakes, hikarI algae wafers, crab cuisine, supplemented with occasional Bug Bites and Vibra Bites
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Yes, frozen bloodworms or cyclops are given a few times a week in place of flakes

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? We got this fish two weeks ago, and she is fresh out of quarantine
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Symptoms began yesterday, after her first night in the main tank
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? She has a few white spots, a small bit of fuzz just above her eyes. She isn't as active as the other fish, and I haven't seen her eat although she is pooping.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? She was given general cure and ich-x in quarantine, along with the male ParkinsonI we purchased with her.
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? She doesn't seem to be interested in eating. She seems somewhat lethargic, tending to stay in one spot in the tank since we put her in. She has one spot on her fin, and maybe a bit of fuzz over her eye. No other fish are exhibiting any symptoms.

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)
Sunday night we moved four rainbows from our quarantine tank (cycled) into our main tank (also cycled) we turned the lights out and let them adjust overnight. The following morning (Monday) all of the fish looked okay, we watched their behavior as we added two males in with our established male and everyone seemed fine. A bit of chasing and flashing among the boys. The female ParkinsonI seemed less active than the others. She doesn't seem to have any trouble swimming, she's not gasping, she's just kind of hanging in one spot. Today, she didn't eat and my husband noticed the white spot/fuzz. He wants to pull her and treat for bacterial infection. I'd prefer to see what she does overnight, I think it could be stress related or possibly fungal. I don't want to pull her and further stress her and possibly treat her for the wrong things.


I would definitely suggest pulling the fish out and treating it in quarantine, the worst thing that could happen is more fish becoming infected.

I'm not sure what the disease is but it seems bacterial.

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