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Title: Help with sick Killifish
Post by: Gin on September 08, 2016, 10:57:15 AM
Need some help with a sick Killifish (Nothobranchius Rachovii)
He's got a lot of small white worm like things growing all over him. Started off about 2 weeks ago, the 'growths' were quite small but they've gotten larger since then and he looks absolutely terrible now.

Not sure if it's a fungus or worms? They don't seem to be Anchor Worms. Tried searching for further info, and the closest I've got is "Dermosporidia", but I've never seen it so severe before.
Tried adding Salt, and another medication which contains Methelyne Blue, but it doesn't seem to be working.

He's the only one that's sick, all other fish are doing fine, and he's been in quarantine for the past 2 weeks. Water parameters are all ok - I have shrimp in the tank which are doing well.

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Title: Re: Help with sick Killifish
Post by: Pat Mary on September 08, 2016, 12:15:42 PM
Hi, Gin, and welcome to Badman's.   :)

I have a couple of questions.  Is this a wild caught fish or is it from a breeder?  Do the white things look alive and moving?  How long had you had him before you saw the symptoms? 

And, just to make me feel better, what are your actual water parameters?


Title: Re: Help with sick Killifish
Post by: Gin on September 08, 2016, 12:41:12 PM
Thanks for the welcome!

He's from a breeder, had him for about 4 months? White things aren't moving.
Started to lose colour about 2 weeks ago, lost his usual sheen. About a week ago the white wormlike things became very obvious.
Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrates 0-20? (moderately planted tank) pH about 6.6-6.8
I've a few other fish of the same type and they're all doing fine


Title: Re: Help with sick Killifish
Post by: Pat Mary on September 08, 2016, 03:06:19 PM
Sorry for the delay but I am having a bit of a problem with identifying this.  I should have asked more questions. 

Is the fish displaying any symptoms at all outside of the "wormy" spots?  How often do you do water changes and how much is changed each time?  Is this a big tank or a smaller tank and are there a lot of fish in there?  I'm just wondering if it has to do with water quality.  Are the "worms" fuzzy at all?


Title: Re: Help with sick Killifish
Post by: Gin on September 08, 2016, 09:45:47 PM
His fins are clamped now, but only since the disease became more severe. In the initial stages before quarantine he was hiding often, which wasn't usual.
Water changes every week around 30-40%
It's a 2ft tank - 10 gallons? 3 other fish of the same species about 1- 1 1/2" in length, and about 10 shrimp
Quite certain it's not the water quality
He's breathing heavier now since the disease progressed, maybe slight loss in appetite but at least he's still eating.
The 'worms' aren't fuzzy


Title: Re: Help with sick Killifish
Post by: Aquatics on April 28, 2017, 04:43:30 AM
Can you get a pic of him in the tank or a closer up pic of his head? Hopefully someone can help you out.