We have a small tank with 2 redcaps, a shubunkin and a standard goldie. A few weeks ago, one of the redcaps developed a crusty patch on its right flank. I treated the tank with a dose of Interpet Gold Disease Safe. The redcap seemed to recover but has now gone severly downhill. The typical "bulbous butt" has disappeared, almost as if the fish has some sort of wasting disease, and it just lies on the surface in a corner or is occasionally just very skittish with its swimming.
Hello Amberviking How long after you treated the tank did the fish start to deteriate. Are any of the other fish showing any of the same symtems. Is the red cap eating ok. I have not heard of any wasting diseases with fish apart from polution. Do you test your water at all for ammonia, nitrite,and nitrate. Once they get ill they can just fade away, I will see what I can find out for you.
Hope your Redcap gets better, it does seem to have strange symptoms Goldy always gives me sound advice, I have a Sarasa Comet at the mo - hospitalised as he has something growing from the inside of his gill. Goldy do you think Aquarium Salt could help in this instance?if the Redcap was isolated in a hospital tank? ( i am new to this you see, but have found the salt a miracle cure )
Goldy - Thanx for your reply. I haven't checked for amonia/nitrate - will do so. I changed the water in the tank after noticing the fungal patch on the red cap and dosed it with Disease Safe. It is since then that its condition has deteriorated. 2 of the others seem healthy apart from fins down and spending a lot of the time sucking the surface. The remaining red cap looks perfectly okay. Sick red cap seems to be trying to feed.
I would suggest for now to do a 20% water change every day using a water conditioner but never change all of it, the fish are telling you all is not right with their water, that is why they are gasping at the surface, I hope you read some of the other posts on here as they are full of information already that you will find useful.