White Spot Help And Suspected Swim Bladder

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White Spot Help And Suspected Swim Bladder

Postby Bashy » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:14 am

RIO 125L
2x Eheim 2213 External filters

2x Silver sharks
3x Black Ruby Barbs
3x Corydoras
2x Pearl Gouramis
2x Clown Loach
3x Cardinal Tetras
3x Congo Tetras
1x Female Swodtail
1x Rainbow Fish

Treated with Interpet Anti white spot

Hi all,

I purchased a few fish from a local FS last week (2 clown loaches, 3 congo tetras)
Yesterday I noticed the 2 clown loach had what I suspect to be white spot (small white spots on body and fins). They are also laying on the bottom of the tank on their side quite a lot.
Last night when I got home from work, I noticed my 2x silver sharks also had the white spots (although not as many) and were swimming around very erratically.
I panicked and went straight out and purchased a white spot treatment from a pet store.
I read the instructions carefully and nowhere did it mention do a water change first.
I have subsequintially started the treatent last night (first removing the carbon filters obviously).

My question is this, should I now do a water change and gravel vac? Or wait until before the next scheduled does (another 3 days).

On a side note, my black ruby barbs are display what I suspect as swim bladder. They are not spiralling (like I've seen before) and do not actually appear to be poorly, but are doing acrobats (flipping nose down and spinning back around in a circle vertically). This is not how I've witnessed swim bladder before in the past with baloon mollys.
What advice can anyone give about this. The Black ruby barbs are 2 years old.

Any help would be appreciated

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Re: White Spot Help And Suspected Swim Bladder

Postby Carylnz » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:05 am

You have too many, and the wrong sort in some cases, fish for your tank. Have you tested the water? I suspect the quality is poor. Test the ammonia, nitrite and nitrates using a quality liquid test kit.
Clown loaches are very prone to whitespot but are sensitive to the medication so it should only be used at half the recommended strength.
Silver sharks need a 4ft+ as juveniles and will need a 6ft+ as they grow. Congo tetras also need more length than you have.
Ruby barbs and cardinals are shoaling fish and prefer to be in groups of 6 or more.
By the way, the tank is not big enough for clown loaches either and they are much happier in groups of 3 or more. They also often lie on their sides.
If your water quality is bad, water changes daily are a must and more important than treating the white spot at this point.
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