How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Anna Your Own Question
Anna, Pet Expert/Biologist
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 11456
Experience:  40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
Type Your Pet Question Here...
Anna is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I bought 4 angelfish 2 mths ago. 2 silver with black stripes

Customer Question

i bought 4 angelfish 2 mths ago. 2 silver with black stripes veil and 2 marble angelfish. when i got home, i saw that one marble angel had a blood red streak on its gill and part of the gill was missing. then a couple of weeks ago she started acting blind. she cant see the food floating on top of water and is bumping into objests in the tank. she tries to find food on the bottom of the tank. she might find some once or twice out of ten times of trying. the other marble fish is fine. she seems to stay close to the sick angel and protect her. i have had angelfish for about 30 yrs and never seen this before. i love her and dont want to lose her.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome. I apologize that no one responded to you sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just logged on and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in fish. I'm sorry to hear of this problem. I suspect t the reason nobody responded to you is that they didn't want to give you less than good news. There are three possibilities for what is wrong. One is that the fish was subjected to ammonia toxicity at some point before you bought her. The damaged, reddened gill is a symptom. Ammonia also causes damage to internal organs, and can affect any part of the body eventually, including the eyes. If ammonia caused the problem, there is nothing you can do but make sure your water is alwYs optimal, and hope the fish doesn't have too much damage to recover. A second possibility is that an injury occurred before you bought her. An injury to the gill and head could present the symptoms you are seeing. There isn't much you can do about that, either, except treat for possible infection. That brings us to the third possibility. Your fish may have one or more infections. Septicemia (blood poisoning). Can cause reddening of a gill or gill. Eye infections can cause blindness. I suspect t this poor fish was subjected to some rough handling during shipping. She may have several health conditions occurring at once. It may not be possible to save her, but we can certainly try. The fact that she wants to eat is a good sign. I would start by putting her in a quarantine/hospital tank. We don't wNt to subject the healthy fish to medications they don't need. A medication containing oxytetracycline is most likely to be helpful. Pet stores carry different brands of this medication, so you'll need to read labels. Just treat according to the label instructions. If your store doesn't carry any medications containing oxytetracycline, you can use a combination of MelaFix and PimaFix. They are made to be used together. They would be second choice. Another option would be to consult a fish vet. A vet would be able to actually examine the fish to determine exactly what is wrong and treat it most effectively. If you want to do that, give me your location, and I'll see if there are any fish vets in your area. If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I hope that whatever you decide to do, your fish will recover. Anna