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post #1 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Got a sick fish

I have 3 bluegills, 1 pleco and a bunch of snails in a 56 gal tank. My larger bluegill has red ulcers around one gill at first it was just 1 but I noticed another one has formed. I previously thought it was from being aggressive and killing 6 fish we got from the store but im doubting that as it was over 2 weeks ago. It kinda looks like gill flukes. I did a 50% change last week and added another filter to the water. Will be doing a 25% change tomorrow. Do any of you have experience with parasites or bacterial infections in fresh water fish? Looking for what else I should do.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 09:17 PM
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Melafix and pimafix are two good solutions, try and google exactly what it is and go the pimafix fungal route or the melafix bacterial one. Do NOT overdose or combine the two, I killed a bunch of beautiful cichilds that way :/

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Sounds like a bad alternator.😉
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 09:27 PM
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You can also use a low concentration salt treatment as well. Regular table salt will work. Should not need very much, just enough to raise the salt level enough to kill the bacterial/fungal infection.
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-16-2012, 05:13 PM
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Water changes won't do anything for an internal disease, kind of like moving to nebraska to cure your herpes.

If you haven't already you need to set up a quarantine tank and only medicate in that, not in your main.

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[QUOTE="Indy;14621064"]Water changes won't do anything for an internal disease, kind of like moving to nebraska to cure your herpes./QUOTE]

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-16-2012, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Water changes won't do anything for an internal disease, kind of like moving to nebraska to cure your herpes.

If you haven't already you need to set up a quarantine tank and only medicate in that, not in your main.
To big to quarantine in the other tank.
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-17-2012, 11:15 AM
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Its a bluegill? How big? Caught from the wild?

Quarantine it & treat it as described above.

If it's from the wild, they are pretty easy to catch & replace, so a fillet knife, some House Autry & Crisco would be a perfectly acceptable plan.

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-17-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Well gotta treat the whole tank now as it seems some of the other ones may be catching it. My snails are going to die more than likely ah well they are cheap to replace. Its about 10 inchs or so so far to large for the small tanks I can get for free. i have been tempted to turn him into a fillet a few times kills all other fish I put in there unless its to big to eat then tends to leave em alone.
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