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Originally Posted by Byron
That is nice. Floating plants (just a few) would help.
Suggestions? Only floating plants I have ever had before was ...
Suggestions? Only floating plants I have ever had before was some hornwort. I liked it well enough.
True floating plants are best, something like Water Sprite. If that is unavailable, stem plants can work as you hornwort did but it can get messy. Brazilian Pennywort makes a lovely floating plant, the leaves face up like lily pads and the roots dangle down in the water. I like both and have either or both floating in all my tanks.
Got back from school...one fish dead, one fish dying...both Black Neons. Removed both from the tank and took care of them appropriately.
Immediately did water testing...
One fish has what appears to be ick, all others seem fine...so far. I figure the stress got them. Going to start treatment for ick...raising the water temp now and looking into best option for meds or salt.
Two questions...with my stock tetras and oto cats...what would be my best course of treatment? And can anyone tell by the picture if this is in fact ick?
Or is it perhaps mouth fungus or even body slime/eye cloud? There are now two fish that seem affected...both have the white patch just in front of the pectoral fin...looks like it is coming out from under the scales. This one has white stuff coming from the mouth as you can see in the pic. I can try to get better ones if needed. I also have oto's in the tank so I need to consider them when figuring out a treatment. Ideas?
I don't believe that it is ich. Ich will look like the fish has been sprinkled with salt, from the picture this looks more like patches. Also on the patches does it look fuzzy? I Posted in your other post in tropical disease. Believe that it looks like columnaris, which is also known as cotton wool, mouth fungus and flexibacter. You will want to keep the water pristine. As with all catfish you will want to be careful when using medications to trreat and will want to try to find something that is safe for scaleless fish.
Also...I have some Furan-2 on hand in case anyone thinks that it should be used. I am trying to read as much as i can right now to get this figured out and treatment started. There is another fish that looks fine but acting very strange...gasping and staying at the top of the tank. Doesn't look good.
Sorry that you are having so many problems with your new fish From what I can see the Furan 2 should work, it covers a broad range of bacterial diseases. The one thing I would check is to make sure that it is safe with your otos.