What's wrong with my bristlenose?

  1. mrb1324 Initiate Member

    I just noticed this on my pleco this morning. Sorry the pic is a bit blurry. The best I can describe it as is a bloody bubble. It's hard to tell in the picture but the bottom half of it is bloody and the top half is semi-clear. There is also a smaller one to the right of it developing. The tip of her tail looks to be getting it and she has red coloration from the dorsal to her tail. She hasn't eaten anything and has been sitting in that same spot for about 24 hours. Seems to be breathing normal. Tested the water and it's reading normal. 0 ammonia and nitrite, nitrate 10ppm, temp. 76F, PH 7.0. This sucks..any ideas?

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  2. nippybetta Well Known Member Member

    On the Maracyn diagnostic sheet, blood and sluggish behavior means an dropsy due to an internal infection, but it could be something else so don't get worked up yet. I hope your BN gets better. Sorry I couldn't help more.

  3. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    Sorry that your Pleco isn't feeling up to par. A link that may help you:

    One more:

    If the fish has scraped itself on something, keep the water as pristine as you can. Anytime that your fish aren't feeling up to par, a water change is a good place to start even if you have 0,0 under 20 readings.

    Adding some Melafix may help:

    Recently, my large Pleco 12" injured itself and had a pretty nasty open wound. Too, I may have pinched it with my tongs and then it scared the fish and scraped itself on driftwood. I can't say the cause for certain. I used Melafix, increased the feeding for the Pleco to twice a day, did a water change and in 1 week, I can't even tell the fish was injured at all.

    Adding Garlic Guard and Vita Chem onto the fish food will help to boost the fishes immune system and add vitamins for the fish.

    I feed my Pleco a slice of raw zucchini stuffed with an algae wafer every morning. I increased the feeding to twice a day and used the Vita Chem and Garlic Guard twice a day too for about 5 days.

    As for the Melafix, I didn't use any where near the recommended dose. I used 10ml each day and that was it. This was in my 265g tank. :)

    Adding Nova Aqua + or Prime, whatever you use to add body slime to the fish and reduce stress will also aid in healing.

    Best wishes for your fish! Keep us posted.

  4. AlyeskaGirl Fishlore VIP Member

    Ahhhh, I'm sorry your Pleco isn't feeling well.

    It looks too in the pic that her tail is being eaten away-shortened. What about the rest of the fins?

    I'd do a little Melafix and daily water changes. Not sure what else to tell you or what it could be. Could be from an injury.

  5. mrb1324 Initiate Member

    Thanks for the help. I did a water change yesterday so hopefully that helps. If I put Melafix in the tank is there a chance it could harm her any further? Say if what she has isn't what the medication is for. I'm guessing at the worst it just won't do anything right? I'm always skeptical of putting stuff in my tank.

    Oh, and AlyeskaGirl, it's just her tail. The other fins look fine. In fact, after the water change she was waiving them around like she does after eating lol.
  6. mrb1324 Initiate Member

    Now it's a lot worse.. a large section of her tail is red, discolored, and bloated. She is getting some discoloration on her belly now. Tail looks like its missing scales too. I bought melafix. I'm gonna do a water change and add it...
  7. mrb1324 Initiate Member

    What the is this and why is this happening?

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  8. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    According to your Aquarium Profile Information, you are using paper test strips. Sometimes these strips can be inaccurate and for me always difficult to read.

    I would suggest using the API (liquid) Master Test Kit in the link below:

    The only other thing I can think of is hemorrhagic septicemia caused by prolonged exposure to ammonia. I would have to test the ammonia levels with a liquid kit to rule this out.

  9. mrb1324 Initiate Member

    Well I don't know if it was the Melafix or it is just going away on its own, but she looks sooo much better! I walked in to check on her and she was on the side of the glass. It's the 1st time I've seen her out and about in 3 days.

    The picture is a bit blurry but you can see the difference. She still has a couple red spots and the scales around the tail are kind of raised and weird looking, but she's lookin pretty good. Hopefully she looks even better tomorrow. Don't know what it is for sure but hopefully we're beating it.

    Did another water change and added a half dose of Melafix.

    aquarist48- I just bought the api master test kit today. Should have done it a while ago. Ammonia showed 0 ppm.

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  10. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    I'm glad to hear that the fish is improving! That's wonderful.

    Yeah for the new API kit! :)

    Keep us posted.


  11. Lupinus Member Member

    Glad to hear he's doing better
  12. soltarianknight Fishlore VIP Member

    looked like she wounded her self and got a nasty little infection, the melafix should help with that.