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    Default Columnaris or Dropsy?

    Hi

    It's me again but unfortunately with a real sick fish this time. One of my guppies this morning had what to me first appeared as raised scales only on one side. I thought it was dropsy and moved her to a qt tank with Epsom salts. Once in there it now looks a little different, maybe Columnaris.

    Here are some pics (sorry for the quality again)

    If you guys can work it out, what do you think?
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    Maybe an infection?

    Do you have any broad spectrum meds? If so hit it hard.

    In the last picture, on the left, female has bent spine???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Maybe an infection?

    Do you have any broad spectrum meds? If so hit it hard.

    In the last picture, on the left, female has bent spine???
    I have Tri Sulfa, Aquari Cycline, Blue Planet Multi Cure, API FURAN-2, ich-x. Out of these which would you suggest?

    Is bent spines a bad thing?

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    I reckon go for multicure.

    Bent spine can mean many things such as inbreeding, disease such as TB etc. Personally I would euthanise that fish in this context where you already have sick fish in the tank.

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    I have posted more pics. Not sure why this is happening, only a couple of months ago the fish had camallanus worms, now this :-(

    I forgot to mention, for some reason I'm also getting ammonia readings from that tank. It's been running for over a year.
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    Dont beat yourself too much unless you have neglected 50% weekly water changes.

    Fancy guppies are not that easy to keep in low kH environments.

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    It's just the time factor and thinking if it kills my Aussie Bass, Blood parrots or JD I won't be happy

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    I would put it down.
    Whatever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Maybe an infection?

    Do you have any broad spectrum meds? If so hit it hard.

    In the last picture, on the left, female has bent spine???
    I would not use broad spectrum antibiotics for a fish like a guppy. You are helping create multi resistant bacteria which I see quite a bit in my job. At the end of the day is a guppy worth it? A 200$ discus perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyAdo View Post
    I would put it down.

    I agree, whatever it is it does not look good and you don't want it to spread. Are you sure you treated your Camallanus adequately, btw?

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    Bacterial infections are common as a result of the damaged tissue caused by internal parasites.I have seen this several times in quarantine rooms and, so long as the fish are still eating,you can get a fast response by medicating their flake or granular food.
    From your local chemist, Chlorsig Eye Drops (about $12).
    Just moisten the food with one or two drops.
    With bacterial infections it makes sense to medicate all the fish and this method has a minimal impact on your filter bacteria.
    Last edited by anthonyrae; 12-02-18 at 09:36 AM.

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    AR, I forgot about this golden nugget of information on Chlorsig. I have a bottle in my fridge that I snatched off a family member after they used it last year. Mine is a wee bit expired but I reckon still ok.

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