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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #211


I do not believe there is any effective cure for fish TB.  It is possible to 
contract this from your fish also.  It shows up as a rash.  You will show up 
positive for a TB test.  We all got tb tested this year for a new exhibit, 
and a  couple of the guys I work with came up with a positive from this test. 
 They have the mycobacterium marinum, which is commonly called fish tb.  The 
tb test aggrevates the arm for quite awhile too, one unfortunate coworker had 
a bump the size of a golf ball for a few days.  

Aaron Sparrow
John G. Shedd Aquarium
asparrow at sheddaquarium_org

<< Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 16:30:17 -0400
 From: "Job, Damon" <djob at genv_org>
 Subject: TB in fresh water tanks
 I have two fresh water aquariums (37 and 55 gallon) with tetras, both of
 which are planted tanks. The tanks have been stable for about 1.5 years with
 few problems. However, I loose fish to TB infrequently, but consistently. To
 date, I have been somewhat averse to treating the fish because I would have
 to remove filtration media (purite and other ion exchange media). Has anyone
 had any success in treating fish, in a planted tank, infected with TB? What
 was used in treatment, for what duration, and on what species of fish? DO
 you have any anecdotal recommendations? Is there any good scientific data on
 treatment of TB in fresh water fish?
 Thanks for the help.
 Damon A. Job, Marine Mammalogist
 Washington, D.C. >>

Aaron Sparrow
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
asparrow at sheddaquarium_org