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Injured sunfish

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#1 kaliska

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 11:31 AM

This is on 2 of my orange spots sharing a 40g breeder with other orange spots and some unidentified minnows.  What is causing the growth and can it be fixed?





#2 littlen

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 12:59 PM

It's really hard to see---very blurry.  But from the second picture, there does appear to be a bunch of damage to the tail, which could mean it is an aggression issue.  If you leave that fish in there, it will continue to get picked on and die.

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#3 gerald

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 01:05 PM

Might be a bacterial and/or fungal infection, which could be from aggression or from other stressors (poor water quality, diet, old age, etc).   I would move it to a separate tank and treat with salt: 1 teasp salt per gallon at first, then double it a day later.

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#4 centrarchid

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:49 PM

Fish will be dead within 36 h.  Might be salvageable with combined treatment of elevated temperature, elevated salanity (~2 ppt), an antibiotic and fungicide while fish is kept in a hospital tank with otherwise very good water quality.

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#5 centrarchid

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 10:02 AM

Is he dead yet?

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