06-17-2013, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Trey740
I know that you have said that the fins looked as though they are nipped, and I agree, but would this cause other little spots to appear? They is a white spot noticeable on the body and also on the bottom fin. Could this be caused from stress to the fish from the fins being nipped? Or could this be a case of ich? If it is ich, I already have medication for that as I treated for it in another tank with much success. I can get a picture if that would help.
I saw that spot before. It is not ich, at least from what I can see in the photos I wouldn't think it was. No doubt related to the fin nipping. Follow the suggestions we've previously indicated, I think all this should resolve itself.
On medications in general, don't be quick to use them, ever. Always make very certain the problem is correctly identified, and then if necessary treat accordingly. Fish from soft water as this ram is are negatively impacted by chemicals and medications, no matter what they are, so they should only be used with caution and certainty. More harm will be done to the fish (stress itself, leading to other issues) by subjecting it to any chemical or medication when this is not going to actually deal with something specific.
And while we're on ich, the best treatment for this is simply to raise the temp to 86F or more, for a week or two. Provided the species can manage (as the ram can), this will deal with ich and be much less stressful.