Fish Tuberculosis, are all fish in contact automatically contaminated
I have a question concerning this disease.
I suspect my tropical fish have been infected with it. The reason I believe this, is because I bought the aquarium from a friend of mine with guppys in it.
He told me they had crooked spines because of inbreeding. Being my first aquarium I did not think anything of it. Later adding fish I realized that my new fish were having this problem, as well as sores on their bodies.
A little bit of research led me to believe it was fish TB. I decided to keep all the fish as long as they were not suffering. Most died, it has now been 3 years, I have 1 Congo tetra, 1 bristle nose plec., 3 Thai glass cat fish, 1 galaxy plec. and 1 upside down catfish.
If they show no signs and have never shown signs do they automatically have TB?
I need more room and want to transfer them in another tropical fish tank to clean the infected tank with javel.
I have some kanaplex should I treat the fish in the aquarium before the transfer, if a transfer is possible.
Anyone with information on this disease is welcomed to answer.
Personally I would euth the fish and nuke the tank. Fish TB is transferable to humans. Your fish may or may not be infected but fish TB is nasty stuff and I wouldn't take any chances. Here are a couple articles for you to read;
When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
The fact that humans can cause this (they can but it's not that contagiuous) alone wouldn't mean going this far at least not for me.
Some fish strangely enough never catch this, bristlenose for example seem almost immune. Other carry it but never show the symptoms.
It's a gamble. Fish TB is a nasty disease that is just about impossible to cure. You could buy some more tetra for example and see if they exhibit symptoms. If they do you know for sure. It's the choice between killing what fish you have now and risking the lives of some new ones.
Some years ago I faced the same dilemma. In my tank the disease had gone since the new fish never showed symptoms.
If you do decide to nuke and rebuild... this is perhaps the only disease where I'd buy all new filter material and sterilize everything with potassium permanganate or bleach.