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Fungus Cure catastrophe

Discussion in 'Freshwater Illness and Disease' started by Nathan Parker, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Nathan Parker

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    Hi friends, I've had a major tank disaster and I hope you can help me.

    I have a 65 gallon tropical community tank. Until a few months ago, the stock consisted of five Rainbow Sharks, a Silver Dollar, a Blue Gourami, and an albino Rubbernose Pleco, all of whom had been in the tank for about four years. The Gourami died suddenly, and after waiting a few weeks to make sure the other fish weren't sick, I added some new fish: five Bosemani Rainbows and seven Tiger Barbs. All went well for a few months, but I recently noticed one of the rainbows appeared to have some fungal infection of the fins. I removed him to a hospital tank and dosed the hospital tank with API Fungus Cure. He died that night. I also performed a 25% water change on the 65 and added an airstone for additional aeration.

    The next day I noticed signs of similar infection on two other fish in the tank, so I dosed the whole tank. By morning, all the remaining rainbows, all the sharks, the Silver Dollar, and one of the barbs were dead and the remaining fish were behaving abnormally. I cleaned out the hospital tank, refilled it with clean water, and transferred the survivors to it pending a complete teardown and sterilization of the old tank. So far, they seem OK.

    What did I do wrong? What should I do if my survivors show signs of fungal infection? I don't want to use Fungus Cure again, as I fear it is what killed the other fish. Should I discard all my filter media, or is it possible to sterilize it with boiling water or some other non-toxic method?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
     
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    Readings in PPM for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? How often do you change water and how much water do you change?
     
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    Can you describe the "fungus".

    What is in the "fungus cure"?
     
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    Yeah, I believe 2 things are important to let us know: 1) to describe the fungus, 2) to tell us the ingredients and the exact dose used of that medication.
     

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