What Happened To This Fish!? (pics!)

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by TombedOrchestra, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. T

    TombedOrchestra Valued Member Member

    This fish has been intermittently lethargic the past few days. Would sit on the bottom doing nothing, then back to normal darting around. Today I found him upside down with occasional breathing. I was sure he was dead (or just about there). Then, suddenly, he righted himself and was darting all around the tank and acted normal for about 7 hours. Then, suddenly again, I found him slowly twisting into this position and fully dead.

    You can see from the pics, this is terrible twisting. Even after removal from the tank the twisting remains.

    What happened to this fish?

    I have been treating for suspected parasites with medicine (and I followed the directions exactly!) I'm on about day 7 of treatment. But I don't think this is parasites!

    Water levels: 0, 0, 20ish. Higher pH (8.6) but stable. 55 gallon tank with 4 gupies, 2 mollies, 3 platties.


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  2. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

    Anyone else thinks TB? :nailbiting:

    OP, I would sanitize that table and pretty much everything that poor dead fish has touched, and then do a lot of WC.
  3. Iverg1

    Iverg1 Well Known Member Member

    Sorry for your lose looks like he had a case of nitrate poisoning
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  4. Fishywife

    Fishywife Valued Member Member

    The link doesn't work (404)
  5. OP

    TombedOrchestra Valued Member Member

    Yes, can you check the link? I'd like to read!!
  6. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    Nitrate poisoning wouldn't really cause the back to bend.
  7. OP

    TombedOrchestra Valued Member Member

    That was my assumption as well. I was thinking TB as I've heard that it can cause spinal deformities. But I wasn't sure if anyone thought it may be anything else?

    If it happened to be TB, from what I understand, there's no cure correct? Is it highly contagious?
  8. Fishywife

    Fishywife Valued Member Member

    From your description it sounds like a seizure of some sort?
  9. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Could be TB, but could also be many other things. I wouldn't panic about the possibility of it being TB. Just wash your hands after putting them in the tank (as we should all be doing anyway), and make sure you don't have any open wounds when putting your hands in.

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