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Problem with my Blue Ram
Old 06-09-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
 
Problem with my Blue Ram

I posted in the cichlid forum but only got one response to remove the serpae tetra, which I did. I did this almost a week ago, but I have not seen any improvement. Here is the problem I have:

The top fin is white and kind of shredded looking, but I have noticed that on the part where the body meets the tail there is one white little bump on him. I was wondering if anyone had any idea what is wrong with him or could be wrong with him and what I should do.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
 
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I posted in the cichlid forum but only got one response to remove the serpae tetra, which I did. I did this almost a week ago, but I have not seen any improvement. Here is the problem I have:

The top fin is white and kind of shredded looking, but I have noticed that on the part where the body meets the tail there is one white little bump on him. I was wondering if anyone had any idea what is wrong with him or could be wrong with him and what I should do.
I wouldn't do anything but keep an eye on it. Make sure your water is pristine. These fish do well with soft- acidic water and low ph. Also you should have as close to 0 nitrates as possible. What is your ph and other water parameters? Keep your temperature at 80 or even a tad above.

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Old 06-09-2013, 08:07 PM   #3
 
My nitrates are at 0. My water I'd at about 10-11 dGH hardness. Temperature is kept at 80-81. I did have a small ammonia spike, but this happened after I noticed the marks on the fins(probably from adding more fish the other day. My pH is about 7.5 give or take some. I'll keep an eye on it and see what comes of it. He seems to be doing fine, swimming around all over, picking at things and still eating good.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:33 PM   #4
 
Eating good is a very good sign. When fish stop eating is when you really need to worry. Hopefully it never gets that bad.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:59 PM   #5
 
So, I got ammonie down to 0 after the small strike, nitrites are 0. All other water parameters are good as well. But what is really bothering me, is the look of my ram, mainly his fins. Here are a couple pictures. If anyone could tell me what is going on, I would GREATLY appreciate it. He still eats and swims around actively.

Any idea?

(I did have serpae tetra with him, but I recently moved them when I started to notice the problem with the fins.)
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:38 PM   #6
 
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That's not good. Fungus infection? I'd go get "general cure " I believe it's by API. Treats a broud spectrum of things
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #7
 
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To answer your question "what is going on?" -- this would seem to be the effect of the nipping by Serpae Tetra. At least you have learned that those of us who advise not keepig known fin nippers with cichlids do know what we are talking about. We all learn from our mistakes.

Clean water is the best remedy now. I would do more frequent water changes, and maintain stable parameters and conditions. As this was caused by nipping, it will regenerate if the environment is good.

I would go this route before using any medications. As long as the source is eradicated, the fish will regain its strength without the stress.

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Old 06-16-2013, 12:58 PM   #8
 
Yeah, I definitely have learned my mistake. But, the water parameters have been very good the past couple days of checking. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite pH has been about 7.2/7.3 and hardness has been about 11 (I believe). Water is a little hard, but it is actually close to the water, actually a little softer than the water he was kept in at the fish store, which is what the profile said. I'll hold off on the medicine than, and just keep doing my 25% water change every 3 days until things get better.

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Old 06-16-2013, 01:19 PM   #9
 
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A 25% water change every day would be better!! It will keep the water in good shape, and his fins will heal faster.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:17 PM   #10
 
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Agree with dave. And on your water, things sound fine, I would not fuss over the GH here.
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