Trixie's Disease

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Since this board has been up, we have found there are several questions that routinely get asked in order to help diagnose problems. If you can have that information to begin with in your post, we'll be able to help right away (if we can!) without having to wait for you to post the info we need.

1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

3) Feeding, water change schedule and a list of all products you are using or have added to the tank (examples: Cycle, Amquel, salt, etc)

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference.

5) How long the aquarium has been set up, and how did you cycle it? If you don't know what cycling is read this: Fishless Cycling Article and familiarize yourself with all the information. Yes. All of it.

We want to help, and providing this information will go a LONG way to getting a diagnosis and hopeful cure that much faster.

While you wait for assistance:
One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.
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Trixie's Disease

Post by drankdripline » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:00 pm

A few weeks ago I posted the following: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=37334

Unfortunately, today appears to be the day that Trixie passed away. I called the place where I received her from via shipment to simply ask if any other fish in the batch had experienced similar issues, they had not.

After asking around, it seems nobody has ever seen or even heard of anything like what I experienced with Trixie. Therefore, I figure I should at least add this strange ailment to this database in case anybody else does experience similar symptoms.

Trixies Disease

  • Seperation from the pack
    Inability to gain weight
    Lower -but still existent- appetite
    Chronic Shaking
  • None known as of 7/9/19
Praziquantel and Metronidazole (with and without the aid of Seachem Focus) have both proven to be ineffective in treating this ailment when dosed by mouth or tank.

I believe that the ailment was probably neurological due to the failure of the medications. Although the symptoms seemed reminiscent of IPs, the failed treatment along with the chronic shaking suggest that IPs were not present.

I hope this information helps others in the future, perhaps alternative treatments may have helped.

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Re: Trixie's Disease

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:19 pm

Thank you!
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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