I am new to this site. I have a 4 inch clown loach who appears to have Velvet Disease. I have been treating him with Coppersafe as well as Melafix and Pimafix and his condition is still deteriorating. He was first treated for Ick with Malachite Green and his condition rapidly deteriorated. After this, I realized that he did have the Goldish dust and clearly had Velvet and not Ick. So, I did a 60 percent water exchange and began treatment of Velvet with Coppersafe and turned up the temp to 85 in the tank. The directions on the Coppersafe is to continue normal filtration and aereation, so I did not remove the carbon from my filter as Copper tends to kill ALL BACTERIA in the tank, even the good when the charcoal filter is removed. I have also been using Melafix and Pimafix with the Coppersafe as a few of my Angelfish appear to have a secondary fungal infection but show no signs of Velvet. It is the 3rd day of treatment with Coppersafe, Melafix and Pimafix and his tail is rapidly disappearing. I do not know what I should do. I do not have a Hospital tank to put him in. All of my readings per my Master Test kit are perfect. I am not sure what I should do from here.
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Secondary infections are not specialized, they are oportunistic. And what does an apportunistic bacerium need? Many, many chances - that is, many offspring. Creating that will certainly kill the host.
Once I had a simitlar problem, and within an hour a fish could go from seemingly OK to dead, floating and smell like it was dead for days. All fish in the tank died.
I would advise taking care:
firstly to keep it froms speading. Materials used for this tank are to be kept for only this tank, and do wash your hands and arms after getting in the water. This is, assuming you have more tanks
secondly, you will want to help the fish in this tank. Change water often, but only with heated water on the right temperature. You will not need to feed, but remove all dead material, dead leaves, and certainly dead fish ,as soon as possible. This might help keep the numbers of infections low. And it will help the fishes immunity.
in a week you can start feeding. Lightly.
I do hope some of your fish survive. If not, I'd keep the tank free of fish for a month, and then all spores of any desease wil lhave died. You can than repopulate the tank.
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