Originally Posted by MaisyDawgThirteen
I'm beginning to think that my tanks have some form of mycobacterium. I have had. Few mysterious death/illnesses. I'll explain one by one....
Definitely some sort of tuberculosis.... This fish had extreme bloating, and lesions.. It was like this for around two weeks, i then euthanized as it was the most humane thing to do. This escalated slowly.... MAY 2012
I'm not sure on this one. He got a bit bloated and then all of a sudden died, within two to three days. OCTOBER 2012
He started to bloat really bad, and was on the bottom of the tank for a while. Sakura helped treat with metronidazole, worked like a charm. Came back on Monday night, died Tuesday. OCTOBER 2012 AND JANUARY 2012
On Tuesday night, had raised scales, fin rot, and white bit on her, all of a sudden. Died Wednesday morning. JANUARY 2013
Platy and two guppies were from same store and lived in same tank. I use all the same supplies.
Would need more info on their care - water change schedule/%, food.. some of what you say they have doesn't apply, fin rot is due to water quality + damaged fins, bloating could be a bacteria infection, tumor, improper diet, etc. Raised scales tend to be from organs shutting down, which could be caused for any number of reasons.
Originally Posted by finnfinnfriend
Anyone want to acknowledge what I said?
Once this thing strikes you may not notice it for months and months, and by then the fish have bred multiple times. So it is very easy for it to get out there to the general public before it is caught. Not to mention a lot of mass breeders on the farms that don't always pay attention to the health of the fish.. toss away the dead, throw in a new one. Not all, but some.. just like with puppy mills/dog breeding.. there are good ones, and not so good ones. It's smaller breeders who do it from home who catch what is going on much more quicker and easier..
But it doesn't mean that everyone needs to worry and not buy fish.. the point of this thread is to warn people it's out there and to take precautions and try to buy the healthiest fish you see. I've purchased my fair share of store fish and only one had an issue that showed right after purchase - luckily was just internal parasitic infestation. This shouldn't stop you from buying a fish, just be more aware of the health of the fish you are purchasing. Don't try to "rescue" a sick fish, as you then run the risk of causing your other fish to become sick with one thing or another.
So don't freak out Finn.. you can't control what happens sometimes with new fish, you can control the care they get when you bring them home. It's common for a newly purchased betta to pass away within a couple weeks of being brought home for unknown causes.. but that doesn't stop people from buying them. It happens. Just make sure to keep the tank and the equipment clean and more likely than not, your fish will be fine.