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Re: tank wipeout (and MIME)
Tom beat me to it.
It sounds like the acute phase of *Flexibacter columnaris*, which can be
treated by a combination of chloramphenicol and acriflavin. It must be done
quickly and carefully, as it is quite tricky. See Untergasser, _Handbook of
Fish Disease_ TFH for the details.
The acute phase is very fast acting, and is so infectious it needs no
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Steve's was in a more legible typeface, but the font was so incredibly tiny
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I don't mean to be critical, but someone pointed out that the situation may
not be evident to the originators.
In warm sunny Fremont (and worried we will have a dry winter!)
> Sounds like columnaris ...
> My treatment has always been simple - Wave bye bye at the fish ...
> There are some treatments on the market, but I've had very little success in the past. Usually by the time I recognize it, the fish are in
> deep trouble - it can be a very fast acting problem once it takes hold. If memory serves me right, it does need an injury to attack initially.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Steve DeMarle
> To: 'KillieTalk at AKA_Org'
> Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 8:45 AM
> Subject: tank wipeout
> I was hoping the experts out there could tell me what happened to my N. rachovii tank. I had a ten gallon with a trio, 1 male and two females + a
> small pleco. They were all in apparent perfect health. Then three days ago I noticed one of the female's anal fin was pulled in tight and looked like it
> might have fungus on it. I figured the male was being rough with her and she had injured it in the gravel and it fungused. It was late when I spotted it
> and I couldn't make it to the store until the next day for medication. I purchased Marycn which stated was for true fungus infections. By the time I got
> home the back half of here body was covered with white fluffy fungus looking growth. I didn't have much hope but put her in a quarantine tank and
> dosed it with medication, but she was gone by the evening. So in less than 24hrs from first spotting trouble she had died.
> A day and a half later the male, which also had appeared completely healthy, had what looked like a fungus growing on his face. He hadn't had any
> injuries to my knowledge. I immediately dosed the main tank and added salt. It had absolutely no effect and by the next morning he was gone. The
> remaining female who had been looking perfectly healthy with, again no injuries at all, was beginning to look like the other two and was gone this
> morning. Meanwhile the pleco is doing fine. The water is liquid rock here in Jacksonville and the temp in the tank is low to mid 70's. Last partial
> water change was three weeks ago.
> Has anyone had a similar experience and does anyone know what this may have been? I'm doubting it's a fungus because it appears to be as
> contagious as Ebola, and I didn't think that fungus was contagious in this manner but could only get a stronghold when a fish had been injured. I'm also
> concerned about using this tank for any other killi's. Should I break the whole thing down and sterilize with bleach prior to putting other fish in it? So
> far this hasn't spread to any other tanks and I'm trying to keep it that way. Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to
> understand what this is so I don't repeat my mistakes again.
> In sunny but cool last night and very dry Jacksonville
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