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Tropical Fish Diseases
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I have a tank with black mollies and swordtails, and one of the swords (purchased just a few days ago) is showing early signs of having ich.
I want to treat this early before it gets worse, but I have baby mollies in a breeding net and don't know if the ich medicine would harm them. Is it safe to add the medicine with the babies in the tank?
I have the water at 82 degrees and none of the other fish are showing signs of ich as of yet.
Thanks for your help.
-Skye L.

Reply. Hi Skye, the Recommended Treatment has 6 steps. I recommend you do all 6 steps immediately, but reduce the amount of Quick Cure to a half a dose, because you have baby fish in the water.

Add 1 drop for each two gallons of water. So, for example, if you have a 10-gallon aquarium, add 5 drops of Quick Cure each day until the ich spots go away on the Swordtail.

In step 6 below it says to increase the water temperature in a warm water aquarium, like yours, to 82 degrees. The water in your aquarium is now at 82 degrees, so you don't need to increase the temperature.


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Hello -
I must say that we have come to a number of times over the past 2 years to read and learn about careful and successful fish keeping.  We have learned a lot, and just by reading, have realized that there is still much to learn.
We currently have a concern with our fancy fantail goldfish named Furious.  Furious is about 5 years old, and he lives in a Marineland Eclipse 6 acrylic aquarium.  Over the past 3 or 4 months, we have had a few concerns with his habitat.
First we noticed small, white squigglies in his tank, and realized that we may be feeding him too much, so we were very careful to watch what and how much he eats.  We currently feed him Nutrifin Goldfish flakes.
Recently, his normally clear fins have become bloodshot .... varying in the degree of how bloodshot they are.  Today, his fins have become more bloodshot, and his head now has a reddish tone, when it normally does not.
We have removed all plants from his habitat (all were approved for aquarium use) and have removed all gravel.  We have also sucked up all sediment with a gravel cleaner.  The aquarium has a fresh filter, we do not leave on the light, and still, he does not appear to get better.  We have added a few drops of Quick Cure every now and then to see if that helps, and it does not seem to do so.
SO, our normally energetic fishy is quieter, has bloodshot fins, and seems to not be so happy.  Other than the treatment steps you mention on this site, do you have any ideas on what we can do to address the bloodshot ins and make our Furious happy once again?  Any help would be most appreciated!
Brad and Denise - concerned Furious parents
Reply. Hello Brad and Denise. First some compliments for you. You've removed the gravel, which has simplified your aquarium and so eliminated some possible problems. You have an Eclipse Aquarium, which maintains very high water quality. You have added Quick Cure. Most important you have watched your Goldfish for Signs of Stress and Disease, and written a good description of your fish's condition.

Even so your fish is difficult to diagnose by email. On the one hand Goldfish develop more veins and arteries in their fins, as they grow older, and we have talked with many inexperienced Goldfish owners, who are overly concerned about redness in their fish's fins that is completely normal.

On the other hand redness and lack of energy are Signs of Stress and Disease. So the question is, "Are your fish's symptoms normal or Signs of Stress and Disease?"

First you should check your Goldfish for other Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here for more information about Signs of Stress and Disease. In particular look for sign "#1 Clamped Fins" in your Goldfish.

The "Squigglies" in your aquarium are probably planaria, which are harmless in themselves, but they indicate your aquarium has uneaten food, which could be causing problems for your fish. Click here for more information about planaria.

Here some simple things you can do that will help your Goldfish and have very little probability of harming it.

Do all six steps of the Recommended Treatment that are given on this page.

Goldfish can tolerate lots of Quick Cure so give your fish the full dose every day for several days. Be sure to add Aquarium Salt as recommended.

Look at step 6 of the Recommended Treatment, which is raising the temperature of the water. Goldfish are cold water fish, even so, if the temperature of your Goldfish's water is 74 degrees F. or less, it will be beneficial to raise the temperature of the water by 4 degrees for 3 or 4 days, and then let return to the normal temperature for 3 or 4 days. Repeat this fluctuating temperature, until your fish has recovered.

Remove and replace 20% of the water every day with tap water from the faucet. After six of these 20% partial water changes, most of the aquarium salt will be gone from the
water in your aquarium, and you should add one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt for each five gallons of water in your aquarium.

Finally, it would help if you could get someone with more experience to look at your Goldfish. Where do you find such a person? Ask at your local fish store. Try to find a local fish club or Goldfish club. Look in the yellow pages for Pond or Aquarium Maintenance. Call and ask for help. Try to find someone who will come and look at your fish, but do not bag your fish and haul it around.

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