What Happened To This Fish!? (pics!)

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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.

Thanks!
 

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tunafax

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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.
 

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

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The link doesn't work (404)
 
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Iverg1 said:
Sorry for your lose looks like he had a case of nitrate poisoning
Yes, can you check the link? I'd like to read!!
 

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Iverg1 said:
Sorry for your lose looks like he had a case of nitrate poisoning
Nitrate poisoning wouldn't really cause the back to bend.
 
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FishFish221 said:
Nitrate poisoning wouldn't really cause the back to bend.
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?
 

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

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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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