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Tropical Fish Disease
The page contains Customer Comments and our Replies about Tropical Fish Disease. Click here to go to the first page of this discussion about Tropical Fish Disease.

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hello, my name is Stephanie, and although i am not a consumer (yet) from an online fish store, i was wondering if you could help me, since you are the ONLY people in the whole world who seem to know anything about the siamese tiger fish (Datnoides sp.).
i recently acquired three specimins (about 3-4 inches) that seemed healthy. i have been feeding them ghost shrimp and an occasional feeder guppy. they all have established territories in my 120 gal. tank, and are very active (or at least as active as they were upon receiving them a week ago).
one of the fish (and this morning another) seems to become a bit more withdrawn, and the dark colored stripe are blanching (it comes and goes, but is becoming more frequent). they still eat very well, and are not lethergic.
i have noticed that on seems to 'scratch' a bit on the driftwood, but it is not terribly obvious. they have been studied for any spots, lesions or bloating, and none can be found. other than the slightly antisocial behavior and the poor color, not much appears to be visibly wrong. is my fish sick???
what could it be and what could i do about it? (the fish are sharing a tank with 3 slightly smaller texas cichlids, a pleco, weather loach, and 3 skunk botia and a paddle tail newt. everyone in the tank is well behaved, and no fighting has been observed at all.)
any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. thank you for the wonderful information you have provided on your website, it was very thorough.
Stephanie H.
McAllen TX
Reply. Hello Stephanie. I enjoyed reading your detailed email about your new Datnioides. I should probably add the change of coloration that you described to the list of Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here to read the current list of the Signs of Stress and Disease, then scroll down that page to read about Sign 7, Glancing, which is when the fish rubs on the bottom or on ornaments.

You should immediately give your fish all six steps of the Recommended Treatment. Click here for the details about the Recommended Treatment.

Incidentally, you mentioned having driftwood in your aquarium. Did you get it in a fish store? Was it specifically labeled for use in aquariums? Usually driftwood is OK in aquariums, but quite often we get emails from people, who have had problems in their aquarium, after they added driftwood. Click here for more information about being sure not to contaminate your aquarium with something like driftwood.

Click here for more information Datnioides. Thank you for your complimentary comments about this web site.


Customer Comments

Hello! I emailed you yesterday about my Betta, who was struggling to stay upright and having difficulty swimming to the bottom of his tank without floating back to the surface. This morning he looked really bad, and was lying sideways at the surface.
I recently moved into an old building in Chicago that has old fashioned heaters on a wall in every room. The heater surface extends about a foot from the wall, so I decided to put my Betta on there to raise the temperature 4 degrees as you recommend in your treatment. After about a 3 degree increase in temperature, he began to look much better, and now seems almost back to his old self.
I don't know if it's because he had been receiving the other 5 steps of the treatment for a few days, and that 6th step of increasing the temperature was the final requirement, or maybe he was just cold. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that he is much better today, and I will carefully monitor the temperature of his water to make sure it doesn't get too warm for him.
Also, I will continue the treatment for a few more days just to be safe. Thank you so much for perfecting and sharing your 6 step recommended treatment. It has now saved 2 of my fish!
Reply. Hello Jen. Thank you for the interesting comments in your email. We are glad to know that the Recommended Treatment apparently helped your fish.

Customer Comments


Thank you for saving my fish! My husband bought me fancytail guppies and Gold Nugget mollies. I had never raise fish before and didn't know what to do. In a few days, they had ich, shimmy, gasping at the surface and crashing.
I followed your suggestions on how to clean my tank; I bought a heater, air stone and pump, gave them some aquarium salt and ick cure. I went to work that night depressed, hoping my efforts weren't too late, but I prepared for the worst.
When I got home from work, I feed them as usual and sat beside the tank to watch them, and found my beautiful male guppies had died. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw something small move. It was two eyes and a little tail--my guppy had a baby!
The more I looked, the more babies I found, eight total. A few weeks later my molly had 22! A few weeks later the guppy had 6 more and tonight while I was cleaning the tank I found three more baby mollies. A total of 39 babies!
All of my surviving fish are doing very well and show no further signs of disease or stress. All of my babies have survived and doing great and growing fast.
Thank you again!
Lori J.
Reply. Hello Lori and thank your for your comments. We are glad that was able to help you and your fish.

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Hi DrTom and Nevin,
I just wanted to start by saying that I have learned so much from your website. You provide an invaluable service to your readers and listeners, and although you might not get to hear it as often as you deserve, I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we deeply appreciate you guys for your knowledge and dedication. Thank you so much!
I am writing to you today because I'm concerned that my Tropical Fish could be sick, but I'm not 100% sure. They recently had a severe case of ick, and I cured them by following your instructions posted on It took about 5 days before the fish were totally cured.
Now, two weeks later, I noticed that my fish are occasionally scratching themselves on rocks and ornaments, just like they did right before they developed ick. However, there are no visible signs of ick on their body and fins, and all of my fish appear healthy otherwise.
I'm not sure if the behavior I am seeing now is the start of another case of ick or some other disease, or if it's normal for fish to be healthy and occasionally itchy. I don't want to begin adding quick cure if I'm not seeing visible ick on the fish or even sure if that's ok, however, I did add some aquarium salt, but this didn't seem to stop them from scratching.
Can you tell me if their current behavior is normal for healthy fish, or is this something that I should be concerned about.
Paul Campanella
Bronx, NY
Reply. Hello Paul. We appreciate your complimentary comments.
Being itchy or glancing, as we sometimes call it, is sign 7 on our list of  Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here to read about it in more detail. You should give your fish all six steps of the Recommended Treatment, including the Quick Cure, which is
very unlikely to harm your fish.
Click here for all the details about the six steps of the Recommended Treatment.
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