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"Hello, About two years I have diffuclties in keeping male Paradise fish. Every one of them is doing allright for about six months, they eat, breed, chase the female, etc. Then something goes wrong, they become lethargic, hang at the surface, don't eat, turn pale and die, apparently suffocating because they take surface air every five seconds. The females never have this problem. I examined the males and don't find any trace of parasites or worms. Therefore it must be something bacterial or viral, or with the water quality. As none of the other fishes have medical issues (platies, corydoras and female Paradise) all this is puzzling. Ofcourse I treated them with medication, but no result. It could be that I waited too long before I started treating them, but it's not easy to determine when the problem starts, it evolves very slowly, even when it's unmistakably there it lasts about four or five weeks before they perish. Any advice is welcome, otherwise I must give up on keeping these fish, wich I really like. There are two hints of infection in my tank, first a singel white spot, abces, that appears in the head of the paradise fishes when they are introduced, which disappears after a few days, but may recur a couple of times, and some mouth issues with some of my platties. I suppose the first is a virus and the second a bacterial infection For some time I had a group of black/grey widow tetra's who had serious mouth issues, but not lethal, some abces that difformed their mouth by what looked like dark pimpels on it, it didn't seem to affect them much. Any info or advice is thankfully accepted. "
"Willem"

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