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« on: December 28, 2008, 07:55:21 PM »

I have two Red Eye Tetras that seem to have their lips infected.  The top lip of both seem to have a bacterial infection. They have no top lip as it is white.  My water parameters are normal and I haven't noticed any unusual swimming or acting by the two.  Anyone have any ideas on what it is and how to treat it?  Thanks so much for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2008, 08:12:48 PM »

Can you tell us what "normal" means?
What are the numerical readings for nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, pH, temperature etc..
How big is the tank?  What fish are in the tank?
What is your normal cleaning schedule?

Tetras are a schooling fish, keeping them as a pair will cause a huge amount of stress on them and they will be prone to many diseases.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2008, 08:55:33 PM »

My tank is 29g, I have a Bristlenose pleco, 6 red eye tetras, 5 serpae tetras, and 6 cory cats.  Ammonia is 0, ph is 6.8, nitrate and nitrite is 10 and the temp is 74.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2008, 09:00:12 PM »

Nitrite 10 is not normal.  "Normal" nitrites are zero.   
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2008, 09:14:41 PM »

Sounds like Columnaris.

A recommended treatment would be:

Increase aeration with an air stone of surface turbulence. Feed a medicated food, preferrably with oxytetracycline. Treat for secondary infection (which is quite common with columnaris) with a combination of Maracyn and Maracyn Two. Smiley

If the fish are not eating by the time your treatment has started then, skip the medicated food and treat with nitrofurazone or chloramphenicol. Give your fish and tank a 24 hour rest after first treatment (which should be enough), do a 50-75% wter change and then treat for any secondary infection. Smiley

*Note*: When treating with nitrofurazone, leave tank lights off and block out amient light comoning into the tank with dark paper or cardboard. Not pretty but, either is dead fish belly up. Wink

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2008, 09:25:36 PM »

Thanks so much for the responses.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2008, 09:41:06 PM »

If your nitrites are 10, you need to do major water changes right away.  As in do 80% water changes two or three days in a row before the medication.  Nitrites over 0.5 are toxic.
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