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Robyn's Fish Health Page Four

Last Updated: 7/2/10

Some Health Questions

Why Did My Fish Die?
Why Is My Fish Fat?
Why Did My Fish Die After a Water Change?
Where Did My Fish Go?
Why is My Fish Bent?
What's that Lump on My Fish?
Why Did My Fish Die After It Rained?

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Why Did My Fish Die?

If you have asked this question, you need to consider all of these many deadly possibilities.

Why Is My Fish Fat?

Many aquarists and pond keepers ask this question. There are a number of possibilities. Here are some reasons a fish may be fat or have abdominal swelling, in no particular order. Even if an aquarist sees a fat fish for him or herself, it is very hard to tell which of these things caused the problem without an autopsy. Experienced aquarists though will be able to make a good educated guess. Mostly this is done by knowing the species of fish in question, its history, and the shape and size of the enlargement of the fish.

Why Did My Fish Die After a Water Change?

Reasons fish may die right after a water change:

1. The new water was too different in temperature resulting in shock.

2. The new water had chlorine from city water that was not treated with dechlorinator. Chlorine will burn their gills and make them gasp and die.

3. The new water contained some sort of toxin.

4. The new water was too different in water chemistry. The pH or hardness levels were vastly different. If you already had your regular water in the tank, this is not too likely.

5. The new water was from a well or sometimes city water that was supersaturated with carbon dioxide. If too much is changed without heavy aeration, the bubbles can come out of solution inside the fish, causing gas bubble disease, similar to the bends.

6. During the tank cleaning, debris and wastes were stirred up. If the tank was very dirty, this could release hydrogen sulfide and/or methane which are toxic to fish.

7. Something used to clean the tank contained a toxin like leftover bleach or something.

Where Did My Fish Go?

Sometimes, fish vanish! Here are some possible reasons. I will assume the fish in question is male.

For Aquariums:

For Ponds:

If you have any more things to add to this list, please contact me. Thanks!

Why is My Fish Bent?

Here are some reasons a fish may develop a bent spine.

What's that Lump on My Fish?

Sometimes fish develop various lumps, bumps, or growths. Here are some possibilities.

Why Did My Fish Die After It Rained?


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