View Full Version : Sick angelfish..help

10-02-2015, 11:20 PM
So I am fairly new to fish keeping. I have a 36 gallon bowfront tank. I put fish in it 15 hours after setting it up (I know I know...my first mistake but I didn't know...) They actually did well, 2 died about 2 weeks later thpugh. It has been a month now. I have an angelfish in there. She had just been delivered to petsmart when I got her so she was stressed. Long finned zebra Danios nipped her tail up. I returned them. Petsmart told me to put both Melafix and Pimafix in because white fuzziness grew where they nipped. I did that 7 days, then did 30% water change. Put carbon back in. She seemed to be healing. Now her one fin is small and to her side and she's not using it and4288242883 her back fin is all white again. I really want to save her. I Put More Melafix And Pimafix in just now. I attached a picture that shows her tail. I need help to decide how to treat. Here are tank levels...

PH 7.5
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

Tank mates are a dwarf gourami, a few mollies, a few guppies, and 3 catfish.

Thank you!

10-02-2015, 11:41 PM
Looks like she has fin rot, which suggests poor water quality. I find it hard to believe the tank has 0ppm across the board when it is an uncycled tank. Clean water is what your fish needs to heal. After you do a large water change, at least 50%, please read this thread about cycling with fish http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=36492


11-24-2015, 09:14 PM
How are things going now? If you don't have any live plants, you should see some nitrates registering. If not, your tank is not yet cycled and you should focus on that first. Your fish will be wide open to infections without a cycled tank. In the case of mild fin rot, I have had success treating it worth just salt (sodium chloride) and improve water conditions by helping the tank cycle. Lots of water changes and you can add nitrifying bacteria by way of seeded filter media, or you can purchase nitrifying bacteria-in-a-bottle. If you have live plants, the salt will kill them, so do not use it in that case. Choose aquarium salt, with no additives like table salt has.