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Old 02-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #1 
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Help, Stahl is Becoming A Skeleton!

Stahl is getting worse and worse with whatever is wrong with him. He has always had this little scale problem on his back and has acting droopy since I got him about 3 months ago. (Though droopy is his personality).
But lately he has been losing more and more weight and is acting weird. He has been just floating at the surface and does not swim around much. He still eats though.
Here is a progression of photos starting from when I brought him home to just a few minutes ago.
First day I got him:

End of December:

A few weeks ago:

A few minutes ago:

(He is not bloated, he is just soo skinny that you can see his stomache really well.)
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:43 PM   #2 
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omg.... poor boy! ;A; could he possibly have parasites? how's his poops? reminds me alot of my boy, Hyde, though Hyde's not nearly as skinny as your poor boy. parasites are the only thing i can think of, that would make him lose THAT much weight, but still eat.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:48 PM   #3 
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Oh my goodness! ;-; He looks grotesque. :( :(

Parasites sounds like a pretty good assessment...

:( Poor Stahl!
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:50 PM   #4 
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Well he is in the same tank with Pug and Pug seems perfectly healthy. And he has been in that tank with Pug long enough where I would think Pug would be sick too.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:54 PM   #5 
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He might have fish tuberculosis...
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:55 PM   #6 
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Is that not contagious? To Pug and I?
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:56 PM   #7 
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i thought with fish TB, they got lumpy? and all bent outta shape? o.0 he's just horridly skinny...
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:57 PM   #8 
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It's not so contagious to other fish if the fish has a strong immune system. And since they're not in direct contact...

Humans can get it through cuts. It's not the same as human TB and usually only causes lesions.

http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/170/

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/disease/tbc.php

"The main symptoms of fish tuberculosis are loss of scales, loss of color, lesions on the body, wasting, and skeletal deformities such as curved spines."
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It's not so contagious to other fish if the fish has a strong immune system. And since they're not in direct contact...

Humans can get it through cuts. It's not the same as human TB and usually only causes lesions.

http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/170/

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/disease/tbc.php

"The main symptoms of fish tuberculosis are loss of scales, loss of color, lesions on the body, wasting, and skeletal deformities such as curved spines."
but none of those symptoms fit the poor boy. he just wasted away. Parasites seems to make more sense to me. o.0
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I think it could be either, but the OP was concerned about contagiousness, so I gave another example that is less contagious. To me, it seems like he has most of those symptoms, or symptoms of internal parasites. Some sites specifically say that the symptoms are similar and sometimes it's impossible to tell the difference.

Fish TB can take 6+ months to kill a fish, over which time the fish will lose color and waste away. He has an obvious lesion on his back... and unless the first picture is completely deceiving, it looks like he used to be blue.
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