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So my fish in my 10G, have clamped fins, but not all. I was putting in rock salt, but was wondering what else I could treat the problem with? Is it a bacteria infection or is it just normal? Thanks
 

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What type of fish is it? How many fish are in that tank? Its pretty hard to determine if anything is wrong from what you have given.
 

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Yes, it's helpful to know what kind of fish they are.

Clamped fins are almost never a good sign. Have you tested your water for nitrates and some of the different things?
Have you done anything different in the tank?

I would hold back on the rock salt since there are many fish that are sensitive to any sort of salts, and there really isn't a point in treating for something until you know what the problem is.
 

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10G, low lighted tank. The fishes are several guppies 6, 2 platies, and 2 LF rams. The only infected are the rams and the platies. Just did a 30% WC today, and added a heater. At night the water gets very cold, and the small kine infected with ick also. Will do a test on No3, and nitrites, ammonium also. Thanks
 

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Your problem was most likely the lack of a heater. Very cold water or sudden changes in water temp. can kill and/or trigger dormant illness in fish. I keep my tank at 75 - 76 degrees, and during water changes I am careful not to drop the temp.
 

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I'm not sure about the Ick, but I think that you need to keep a high water temp. and medicate to get rid of it.
 

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Appears on the fins or body as white salt-like dots. Fish may be darting about and scratching on objects. Rapid breathing. Note: Usually the result of a sudden temperature change.

Commonly called Ick
 

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The best advice I ever got from the "old-timers" is <WHEN IN DOUBT, DO A WATER CHANGE> Clamped fins is the first sign of stress in many sp. of fish. This may be from a disease or pathogen, or stress from a sudden change or prolonged exposure to unfavorable water parameters.
I'd suggest a 25% WC, repeated in a couple of days. If there are signs of ich, dose accordingly with quick cure. Adding rock salt is old school, but IME it still works. 2 Tbs for a 10 gal...
Where do you live? It's been chilly at night, here in Mililani but I hardly think it would be too cold for your fish at night. I keep almost all my fish outdoors and none are stressing over the cold. (including some Loricariides that break out in ich when they get too chilled) In fact, according to some of my cool water killies, this winter has been a mild one for us as they did not give me a single egg this winter:( cause it did not get cold enough.
 

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Aaron said:
The best advice I ever got from the "old-timers" is <WHEN IN DOUBT, DO A WATER CHANGE> Clamped fins is the first sign of stress in many sp. of fish. This may be from a disease or pathogen, or stress from a sudden change or prolonged exposure to unfavorable water parameters.
I'd suggest a 25% WC, repeated in a couple of days. If there are signs of ich, dose accordingly with quick cure. Adding rock salt is old school, but IME it still works. 2 Tbs for a 10 gal...
Where do you live? It's been chilly at night, here in Mililani but I hardly think it would be too cold for your fish at night. I keep almost all my fish outdoors and none are stressing over the cold. (including some Loricariides that break out in ich when they get too chilled) In fact, according to some of my cool water killies, this winter has been a mild one for us as they did not give me a single egg this winter:( cause it did not get cold enough.
Very good post. Salt will help with the guppies and other livebearers as they perfer (but isn't needed) a higher TDS than others. Could be an overstocking problem also. Melafix will help speed up the process if it is indeed ich but isn't necessary.
 

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I just put a heater for now, and the fish seem to be doing ok. The rams were fine, even though they had clamped fins. So, I am going to do another WC today. Thanks for the replies.
Hey Aaron, I'll check with Jeff this Friday, about our order.
 
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