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post #1 of 4 Old 02-17-2012, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
Unhappy 8 yr old and 10 yr old plecos

My two plecos are sick . one has a 1/2 in red spot on his nose and the other a blister about 1/4 inch in diameter. These babies have never been sick. Can someone help . All water parameters are good with 6.8ph. {Young and poor,I have raised a 10" pleco in a 10/8 gallon 2ng hand aquarium and we had so much fun. the bio system I designed was great and he was very active. } Is it possible my babies burned themselves on my heater???? Thanks..for my grandkids. Granny (seriously)
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-17-2012, 03:48 PM
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I am sorry to hear this Granny.. I hope they pull thru and some one else chimes in with some real help...

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-17-2012, 05:53 PM
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I searched online and found out a few things:

He could have burned himself (My pleco did this before)

He could have hit the side of the tank or a rock.

It could possibly be a bacterial infection.

Caused by poor water quality (But since you said your parameters are good we can rule this one out.)

I'm sorry I don't have very good information, but I searched around and this is all I found. I'm sorry. I hope they get better soon. My pleco and fish burnt themselves on my heater before. The fish had a red spot on his side, and my pleco's nose was red. I added some regular fish medicine (Melafix) and it went away in about 2 weeks.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-18-2012, 04:28 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum, Granny. Nice tohave you with us.

I can't add to what has been suggested, except to say that if you could get a clear photo of the fish it might help someone ID the issue more specifically.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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