So I THINK I have columnaris in my sorority/community tank again.
Someone please help!
I've lost 2 Pygmy cories in the past week 1 boy and 4 of my sorority girls are showing signs of having it. --white fuzzy patches and flesh/fins being eaten away.
The male has a patch on his mouth. One girl has half her tail missing (posted about her yesterday). Another has it on her ventrals, and the last has a patch on her face. I'm afraid it's spread to everyone so I am going to treat the entire tank
What size is your tank? 26 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80*
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, aquaclear 50, and heavily planted
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 7 girls, 6 cories, and 4 tiger Endlers.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? NLS, the Endlers get omega one tropical, cories get API bottom feeder pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2x/day
How often do you perform a water change? Every 5-6 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30+%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra Aqua safe water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Hardness: haven't tested lately
Alkalinity: haven't tested lately
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? White fuzzy patches on some
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Before I put the Pygmy cories down they couldn't swim and were breathing hard, everyone else is acting normal
When did you start noticing the symptoms? I gues it has been a week now, didn't realize it till today when I saw a white patch on one of my girls faces
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Epsom salt in the main tank 20 tsp for 26 gallons. In the QT with one girl there's AQ salt because I thought it was only fin rot.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I had a columnaris outbreak in the same tank about a month ago but it cleared up
How old is your fish (approximately)? Everyone is a different age.
Please help. All of these girls were bought to be breeders, I can't afford to lose them. I will try anything suggested!
I am not able to get a hold of kanaplex for a while. Medications easily available to me are furan to and maracyn plus. I have Epsom salts. Planning to pull the temp down to 74 as I have read that columnaris likes warm water and can't survive easily in anything 74 and below, is this a bad idea???