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Re: Bent fish
> I am starting to see my Neon's get some funny bends in their backs. 1st I
> notice that they get a white spot, then shortly after that, they get all
> bent out of shape, literally. It's like they have broken backs. The one
> Neon that has had this the longest has been this way for about 8 months.
He> has not died, nor does it seem to affect his swimming, and eating. Do I
> need to worry about this?
I've had about 4 platties die of a similar malady this year -- several months apart. The fish suddenly looks gaunt and haggard for a day or two, then (if it lives that long) get bent and looks kind of hunchbacked. This appearance is exagerated by the fish's now caved-in belly.
At first I thought it was a birth defect and that I just hadn't noticed the fish before cuz it hid amoung the java fern roots. After the 2nd fish died a few months later, I assumed this was some kind of bacterial disease, like tuberculosis. I added a *bunch* of agricultural Chlortetracycline to the water and mixed some more with the fish food for a few days to eradicate just about any bacterial life in the tank. Obviously, it didn't work.
Now when one of the fish starts showing symptoms, I kill it. None of the other species in the tank have been affected. TB should be non-specific. I dunno what's going on, but I don't like it, but it is happening at a sustainable rate so I don't get too upset.