White Growth On Platy

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by jasont, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. jasontNew MemberMember

    Hello all,
    So tonight while i was feeding i found that one of my platies has a white growth on it at the base of its tail. [​IMG]
    Now it seems to go to the otherside but is not white but is discolored. She has also been hiding a lot, and not eating a whole but is coming out to eat. Now i think that this is a infection of some kind. How can i treat her?

    Tank info:
    Ph 7.6
    A 0
    No2 0
    No3 20 (friday before water change ~25%)
    8 black skirt tetras
    4 Platies
    5 Ghost shrimp

    I currently dont have an open tank to put her in at this time since i just got a new betta that took over my 10gal that was empty.
    Any advice would be great.
  2. wem21Well Known MemberMember

    It looks like some kind of fungus, but seeing as I have never had trouble with fungus, I'll call some help. @CindiL @TexasDomer
  3. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Sorry, no idea.
  4. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Hi, welcome to the forum :)

    Does it look like its inside the tail and coming from underneath the scales to the surface? Or does it look like its sitting on the top of the scales?

    How would you describe the texture? Is it cottony? Or does it look more like a pimple?
  5. jasontNew MemberMember

    @TexasDomer thanks for the help anyway.

    @CindiL. It looks like its coming from underneath the scales. I would also say that it looks cottony.
  6. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Hmm. It sounds like it could be a cyst if you can see it on both sides of the tail? If its bacterial or fungal probably worth treating though since its hard to tell at this point what it is.

    I'd suggest since you don't have a quarantine tank giving him some 30-60 minute baths with removed tank water for consistent parameters.

    Do you have any medicines on hand?

    I'd suggest using a malachite green/methylene blue combo in a bath at double strength. You can find those two medicines together in Hikari Betta Revive, otherwise Kordon makes methylene blue and is pretty common to find in fish stores. Malachite green can be found in many ich medicines along with acriflavine, just check the back of the bottles. API Fungus Cure is malachite green and acriflavine or Seachem Paraguard is another good option with malachite green.
  7. jasontNew MemberMember

    Well its not looking good for my platy. Got home from work and she looks bad. Half her tail is now gone and her gills are all swollen and red and she has lots all color in her body.
    Idk what to do at this point. I think ill just put her down. Is there anyway to do this other then clove oil? Since i dont have any.
  8. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Clove oil is your best option for euthanizing a fish.

    I would not put her down if she's swimming around though. They can recover from lost fins/tails.

    You hadn't answered my previous questions, do you have any medicine to treat her with?
  9. jasontNew MemberMember

    Sorry. Just got ahead of myself. No i dont have any meds. I wont be able to get anything right now since it is so late here.
    Do u think it would be ok to leave her in the tank with the others? I just dont any of the other to get whatever this is.
  10. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Ideally if no other fish are showing symptoms you'd move her to a QT tank and treat her there. The fact that she lost that piece of her tail so quickly makes me think its bacterial.

    A good idea to get yourself some clove bud oil also to have on hand.
  11. allllienWell Known MemberMember

    It looks like the other fish might have been attacking her because she's weak/compromised, they've likely done that damage to her tail. I agree it's probably bacterial or fungal, but it's hard to tell from the photos. I'd keep her separate for now at least, until you decide what to do. Try adding some aquarium salt, she may get better if you keep her separate in a quarantine tank.
  12. jasontNew MemberMember

    Well she didnt make it though the night.
    Guess im going to get a small QT tank the next time a get a chance along with some meds on hand.
    Any sugestions on what kind of meds would be good to keep on hand incase something like this happens again?
    By the way thank you for all the help.
  13. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

  14. jasontNew MemberMember

    Thank you
  15. allllienWell Known MemberMember

    I keep esha 2000 and esha exit on hand, they're the only 2 meds I use now. Aquarium salt is also good to have on hand.
  16. jasontNew MemberMember

    Ill check them out. Thank you.