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Poorly Rainbowfish

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Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby psbresner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:07 pm

Hi Guys,

Could someone tell me whats wrong with my rainbow fish, he eats well and is very active but has sores on his body.

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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby Mick » Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:10 pm

Is the plec showing a lot of interest in the fish?
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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby malakye » Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:20 pm

It does look like its been trapped and rubbed or a bite wound..........

What are your water stats? Is this the only fish displaying these symptoms?
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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby psbresner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:06 pm

This is the only fish showing this symptom, he does tend to go after the algae wafers I put in for the plec. So perhaps the plec has had a go at him over the wafer.

PH 6.6 was down to 6 2 weeks ago.
Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 5

My KH is very low, so I have a bag of crushed coral in the filter as buffering.

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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby psbresner » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:19 am

Still no real improvement. Managed to get a real good look at him, it looks more like missing scales rather than sores.

Finished treating with melafix/pimafix, not sure what to do for the best.

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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby Mick » Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:15 pm

Just had one thought, can you see any sign of infection where the missing scales were and are any more scales lifting?
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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby psbresner » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:53 am

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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby Anita » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:14 pm

Is he the only rainbow fish in the tank?
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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby psbresner » Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:00 am

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Re: Poorly Rainbowfish

Postby Anita » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:43 pm

Are they looking ok?

Basically the pH dropped too low and the immune system was compromised. Around 7.5 is good for rainbows, work in getting the pH up a little more with the coral gravel.
They also prefer vegetable based foods rather than meaty ones. Treat as you are doing and hopefully with diet and an increase in pH the fish will make a recovery.
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