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day before yesterday I purchased a pair of tanzerin swordtail n in morning it jumped down as earlier I don't know tht they belong to swordtail group n bythe time I could have kept it back in th water it was eaten by ants on mouth n fins. she is swimming bt most of th time she is sitting at th bottom of th tank n not eating any thing(dry worms) frm th dy I hve purchased ,her mouh is all white.I hd added teramicine at night n also changed water 2dy morning.2 angels r also ther
wht to do now??
pls help
anu ???
 

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Re: urgent :swordtail pls help

Hi. As you unfortunately found out, swordtails are good jumpers and if given a chance they will oftem jump out of their tank. I think you're treatment will help. It may be a white fungus that you're seeing on the mouth, and you may need an antifugus remedy. I'm not sure if the terramycin will kill fungus or not. Good luck trying to save the fish, but it may have been out of water too long to recover, and the ants chewing on it didn't help. Try to keep something over the tank so more fish don't jump out.
 

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HI there. I would switch medications to something anti-fungal. The terramycin or whatever you are using being anti-biotic in nature won't do anything against a fungal infection which is what it sounds like your poor swordtail has. In humans as well as fish, anti-bacterials actually antagonize a fungal infection. Fungus and bacteria are all around us and our environment, pets, etc. They work together and keep each other in check. When one gets out of control and starts growing too much, it will be made worse by treating it with the wrong med. To paint a slightly gross example, If one were to get an athletes foot infection and tried to put an anti-biotic cream on it, it would get worse because whatever bacteria living on the skin that keeps the fungus under control would be killed off even more allowing the fungus to spread and grow worse even easier. This is especially true of any internal type fungal infections. I will just let your imagination go from there. A little too gross and personal to spell out. Try to get the terramycin out of the water first with fresh carbon in your filter for a night and then add the anti-fungal. The medications will usually mention if they are for fungal infections or not. Just read the directions carefully, I don't know what all fish you have but some if they are small like neon tetras or if they are labyrinth fish like Betta's or gouramis, can be adversely affected by them or could be easily overdosed. Good Luck!!!
 

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You might also look for a product called Stress Coat. It could help with pain & healing speed, plus lower the stress and promote healing that way. You could also try doing a partial water change using NovAqua+ for your water conditioner (it has some stuff in it that might help heal the wounds.)
 

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I hope you don't mind but I'm going to merge your two threads about swordtails. when asking the same questions in two places often answers are scattered . so asking the question in one place keeps all together
Carol
 

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