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Possible Fish TB - Need some advice
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Phil1078
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PostPosted: 2011.05.11(Wed)10:12    Post subject: Possible Fish TB - Need some advice Reply with quote

Okay, so here is the deal. I have had this False SAE for a bit over 4 years, maybe 5. He has been hiding more and getting thinner. I figured he would die soon of old age, since I had him so long. I didn't want to cull him just in case I was wrong. Another thing to note is that one of my golden barbs has a spine bent a little in sort of an S-shape in the horizontal plain (in other words side to side not up and down). I had heard that this happens from old age sometimes, so I dismissed it, as the barb is the same age approximately as the False SAE. He has been like that for 6 months. My tank otherwise seems health, as my croaking gouramis continue to breed about every two weeks. I also have a pair of amano shrimp that I have had for two or three months now. I considered my tank to be healthy and stable.

The situation now.

Over the weekend, I was out of town. The False SAE is gone, so I can only assume it died and was consumed by the others. My female croaking gourami has popeye now. I assumed that it was from the ammonia of the decaying False SAE. The day I got back, I did a water change of about 25%. From what I read, I just thought it was an ammonia issue. Today, the other golden barb had a read circle on its side. It looks like a brush-burn that you'd get on your knee from carpet burn. It is about the size of the 3/4's the height of the fish seen laterally. I cannot seem to get a good picture of this, but I will keep trying.

So I started doing research, and I am afraid the tank is infected with TB. This makes me apprehensive, as I certainly don't want the TB. All the fish are behaving normally, and eating just fine. I really could use some advice.

I have worked hard in recent months to keep my tank in top shape. I started to use Purigen, soon after I had amano shrimp survive for the first time, I have kept up a weekly water change regime up for a few months, and my croaking gouramis that I previously thought were male, started to breed around every other week after the water change.

Please help!
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.05.11(Wed)10:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like ammonia burn. How are you using the Purigen as I've heard of similar problems with it's long term use in other tanks.
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PostPosted: 2011.05.11(Wed)12:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have it in one of Seachem's bags.

Does ammonia burn cause distortion of the spine?
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PostPosted: 2011.05.11(Wed)12:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ammonis causes brown marks or chemical burns to the fish.

Some chemicals can cause spines to bend.
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