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Signs of Stress and Disease

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Hi, Hope you can HELP? I have raised my baby swordtails to about a inch or two, Then they get Red Round Looking Blood Blister under their skin! What could be causing this? Out of Nearly One Hundred Babies I'm down to Three (1 Male, 2 Females) 1 Female has one red blood spot on her now, she will be the next to go! they start out with one spot & by the time they die they have several! I have Attached Two picture's
(1) Female Swordtail Died To Day- I have Circled the red Blood Spots.
(2) Female Swordtail- I have Circled the Red Blood Spots.
P.S Their Parents- Four Females & Two Males Have Past Away from this problem. I have a Two & half Gallon Tank,10 Gal. Tank,29 Gal Tank, & 55 Gallon Tank. None of my other fish in the tanks with the babies have this Problem.
Thank You, Teresa
Please E-Mail Me Back, I Have written to other places but no one will  answer me back. PLEASE!
Reply. Hello Teresa. I see that you sent two pictures, but I only got one of them.
Diseased Swordtail Fish.    
The picture shown above is the picture I got from you. I could see the faint black circles that you drew on the picture, but I could not see the sores very well, because the red sores blended into the color of the fish.

So I copied your picture into an Adobe program that I have and shifted the colors to add more blue and green. You can see the modified picture below.

Diseased Tropical Fish.    
After shifting the colors, I could see the red sores inside the faint black circles that you had drawn on the picture. I think I see two more similar sores on the fish's tail.

These sores are listed as #4 of our Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here to read more about these red sores.

The sores are probably caused by a bacteria, but that could only be determined by expensive laboratory testing. Click here read more about, "What has caused my fish to be sick?"

But even though we do not know exactly what has made your fish sick, we can still treat your fish, because the Recommended Treatment is always the same.

Click here now to read about the six steps of the Recommended Treatment.

I recommend that you give your fish the Recommended Treatment immediately.


Customer Comments

what causes ick it seems like every time i add some new fish 4 days later my other ones have it and it makes me crazy can you give me addvice on what to do to stop this problem.
thank you very much.
Reply. Hello Mike. Yes it is very common for new fish to cause ich. Probably because their recent trip from the fish farm to the wholesaler to the retailer to you, has unavoidably caused them stress.

On another page in this website we recommend treating new fish as follows,

Treat all the new fish with Quick Cure (Q.C.) and Aquarium Salt (A.S.). But only at 1/2-dose strength. That is 1 drop of Q.C. per each 2 gallons, and 1-Tablespoon of A.S. per 10-gallons.

So a 20-gallon aquarium would get 10 drops of Q.C. and 2 Tablespoons of A.S. Repeat the 1/2-dose of Q.C. each day for four days, but use the A.S. just once.

Click here for more information about Q.C. and A.S.

This treatment will usually prevent an outbreak of ick.

Click here to read more about adding new fish to your aquarium.


Customer Comments

After finding my all of my African Cichlids laying on the bottom of my tank, I have been awake since 5:00am trying to locate an answer. My fish have been ill for two days now but we're actually at the TOP of the tank when I left them. So .... as I am browsing the web I come across your site.
This is the greatest site I have ever viewed. As a "beginner" I appreciate your "user friendly" explanations and suggestions. I feel so lucky to have come across this special place. I really needed this right now! Now I am going to go back to sleep and pray that my fish can recover from this ordeal. I will definitely be back!
Thank you,

(Miss) Ryan M.
Ocean, NJ
Reply. Hello Ryan. When you saw your fish at the "TOP" of your aquarium, they may have been showing Sign #5 of the Signs of Stress and Disease.

Sign #5 is "Gasping at the Surface" of the water. Click here to read about Sign #5 and the other other Signs of Stress and Disease in fish.

Gasping at the surface of the water can be caused by a lack of oxygen in the water or by fish stress and disease.

Why would there be a lack of oxygen in the water? For example, the filter that aerates the water may have been accidentally unplugged.

But if your fish have a mild infection in their gills, their gills may not be able to efficiently absorb oxygen from the water.

Or more commonly if the water has even a small amount of nitrite, the nitrite will change the shape of the hemoglobin in your fish's blood, so that the hemoglobin can no longer carry oxygen.

Click here to read more about nitrite, and about how it is removed from the water by the beneficial bacteria living in a properly functioning aquarium filter.

If you see your fish Gasping at the Surface, you should take immediate action. Click here for the details about what to do.

After fish have gasped at the surface for several hours, their condition usually worsens. They may become tired and "Crash on the Bottom", which is Sign #6 of the Signs of Stress and Disease.

Click here to read about "Crashing on the Bottom".

I'm thinking that your fish were "Gasping at the Surface" last night, and then "Crashed on the Bottom" early this morning. are both Signs of increasing Stress and Disease.

I recommend that you immediately give your fish all six steps of the Recommended Treatment. Click here now for more information about the Recommended Treatment.

Thank you for your complimentary comments about We're glad you are making good use of the information on this website

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