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Orange Chromide With Septicemia?


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#1 Fish-Finatic

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:43 AM

Tank size - 46 gallon bowfront (mature setup, Been running for 5 years. Kept numerous species of fish in here: from angels, to German blue rams, wild species bettas, fancy guppies, tetras, and just up until last week used it as a African cichlid fry growout tank). Been treating my water with Seachem Prime.

Temperature - 27 degrees celsius

PH - 7.8 (hard out of the tap here)

Ammonia, Nitrate, & Nitrite - 0 (up until I added the chromides to the tank).

Current stock - 2 orange chromides (were 3 to start with)

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2 days ago I picked up a trio of orange chromide cichlids from a fellow hobbyist. The fish seemed fine visually and were quite active. (He was keeping them in freshwater by the way)

Upon bringing them home and slowly drip acclimating them to my tank (which was is also freshwater, as I was planning to slowly adjust it to low end brackish for this species), I noticed one of them chromides had a small red speck in it's snout. Didn't think anything of it at first, but things turned for the worse over night.
I woke up to one dead chromide and the other two with what seemed to be red streaks outlining the 2 chromide's bodies and where the pectoral fins join the body. I didn't know what was wrong with the chromides, because in all my years of keeping and caring for fish I've never witnessed or experienced something like this until now.

I tried finding any or all information online about what my chromides could have been dealing with, and eventually came across a similar case where a member here was dealing with the same or similar thing with their angelfish.

Ordered some Kanaplex online, but for now I'm treating with the only meds I have on hand: API T.C. tetracycline which states it helps with fin rot, fungus infections, and hemorrhagic septicemia.

I posted some pictures below so you can see what the chromides are dealing with. Any and all input and help is appreciated.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:40 AM

Welcome, and sorry you've had to join under such unfortunate circumstances.  The pics aren't showing up, I've changed your group settings, reposting them should work now.

That species, being a low level brackish species, could be helped by the addition of some marine salt.  Kanamycin (kanaplex) works quite well at higher pH levels with harder water.  I'd suggest a separate med tank tank, as a daily 50% water change & full remed would be advised using this medication.  As with all bacterial issues, keep the tank temperature at the low end, 68-70F for this species.  Lower temperatures will lower a fish's metabolism, and food actually is a stressor for ill fish.

I'll try to contact someone who has a bit more experience than I with brackish species, I'd suggest contacting the guy you got the fish from to see if he's having any issues.
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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:53 PM

View PostTolak, on 12 January 2017 - 01:40 AM, said:

Welcome, and sorry you've had to join under such unfortunate circumstances.  The pics aren't showing up, I've changed your group settings, reposting them should work now.

That species, being a low level brackish species, could be helped by the addition of some marine salt.  Kanamycin (kanaplex) works quite well at higher pH levels with harder water.  I'd suggest a separate med tank tank, as a daily 50% water change & full remed would be advised using this medication.  As with all bacterial issues, keep the tank temperature at the low end, 68-70F for this species.  Lower temperatures will lower a fish's metabolism, and food actually is a stressor for ill fish.

I'll try to contact someone who has a bit more experience than I with brackish species, I'd suggest contacting the guy you got the fish from to see if he's having any issues.

Sorry for the late follow up. The same day I posted the first post, I lost another chromide. Down to 1 chromide left, but good news is I was able to treat the septicemia it was sick with.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:44 PM

How is the surviving Chromide going, f.finatic, is it still healthy, have you got a mate for it yet

John