Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:57 pm Post subject: Spots on Cardinals
HELP HELP HELP
I have 6 pairs of Cardinals in a community tank, with various other tetras n loaches, one big happy family. However, more than 3 months back one of the Cardinal was with a black color on the top of its body and there were white boils.
I quickly removed it and put it in a different tank and put Redoil for white spots and sea salt, it took a lot of time for the white spots to go, however, the black long mark remained on the body. After a while, I put the Cardinal back in the tank and the next day it was lying twisted to one of the side and lost the blue color too. I removed it and put in the other empty tank and have kept it medicated, but no use. It doesnt move nor eats. I dont know what to do.
My other problem is that my other Cardinals have also started to show small white spots and one of them have developed a black mark too. I'm worried about these ones and dont want them to suffer the same.
Please help and advice me on what can really help and save my Cardinals.....
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Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:34 pm Post subject: Re: Spots on Cardinals
Sorry mate your report doesn't sound too good.
The symptoms of your tetras losing body colour and the body getting twisted, dangerously sounds like the dreaded Neon Tetra Disease!
The white spots sound like the cysts that occur in this disease. The fish's body is twisted because the spine gets twisted in the late stages of NTD. The black marks may be some sort of a secondary bacterial infection which can also occur in NTD.
Unfortunately there is no known cure for this disease.
Remove your infected fishes to another tank ASAP. Most websites recommend euthanizing them. Confirm that the remaining fish don't have any signs of infection.
Find out if there is a dead fish lying in your tank somewhere as fish often get infected by eating the flesh of infected dead fish. Don't feed your fish live food as this may also carry the parasites.
Do repeated water changes to reduce the parasite load and ensure pristine water quality.
he mentioned cardinal tetras but the symptoms are like NTD. did someone sell you neons in place of cardinals.
post the pic of the fish to get a more correct advice as if it is neon tetra and not cardinal tetra then nothing can be done.
Yes I agree that may be possible. Also, I had read somewhere that other members of the tetra family, in fact even some Cichlids like Angels can contract this disease.
For Jiten's sake, I hope I'm wrong.
Jiten, my friend... My heart goes out to you and your fish. But bad things do happen sometimes. Dont let this get you down...
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