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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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What is wrong with my Guppy? Please help!

My yellow Guppy Kiiro seems to be very weak, he spends a lot of time sitting at the bottom of the tank. He is eating normally and apart from being very weak I can't see anything else wrong with him. I have tested the water for ammonia and nitrate and the reading is zero. Its not old age because he has grown since we got him about a month ago. I'm going to quarantine him, do you think this is the right thing to do?
I suspect a swim bladder problem, but I'm not sure

Any ideas will be greatly appreciated because I'm really puzzled by this.

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it could be columnaris.. when guppies get it it begins to paralyze the tail. does he have any white discoloration that looks like a saddle around the tail shaft? I had a female that died from that and that is exactly how she acted right before the white "saddle back" showed.

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Thanks for the reply.
I can't see any discoloration at the moment, but like you say it could be the early stages. What would be the best treatment if it is columnaris?


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Aq salt, 3 tsp per gallon, increase overr 36 hours so one tsp every 12 hours. Use erythromycin or api trple sulfa along with jungle fungus eliminator

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Update:
I don't think its columnaris because no white saddle has appeared.

He hasn't got any worse but the poor little guy is still very weak. I've noticed he has a few red patches in his tail and the edges have frayed a little. I'm not sure whether its fin rot or he's torn it on something as he has been dragging his tail a lot. I've put AQ salt in, which doesn't seem to have done any good.

I really want to start treating him, but I can't because don't know what for...



Anyone have any ideas? Someone suggested its a vitamin deficiency, do you think this is possible? I feed them on complete tropical fish flakes, would pellets be better?


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Maybe its a tail parasite!

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Maybe its a tail parasite!
What kind of tail parasite? Would that make him lethargic? Wouldn't you see the parasites on his tail?


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well you said you saw red spots on his tail... and he was dragging his tail.. definitely any illness could make him lethargic.

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on second thought If you look at illness descriptions on other fish and guppy forums, red streaks or spots in the fins or tail can mean hemorrhagic septicemia

Personally I would use BiFuran +, Furan 2 or Jungal Fungal Clear. These meds work well for treating this infection. I suppose Kanaplex may work as well. Def keep the salt water.

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What are his tankmates? Is it possible he's been getting nipped by someone else in the tank hence the tattered fin & possible red spots?
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