first let me start by saying that i have a 55 gal mixed african cichlid tank. ive had an ongoing problem with the fish flashing on and off for months now. i wasnt sure what it was so i checked into the ph testers and try to keep that stable, nitrate testers to keep that low, and have even medicated even though i havent seen any signs of disease in the past except for constint flasshing on and off. (when they do it they do it alot.
now for the past week the flashing has become more apparent, almost all the fish are doing it as well as strange twitching and flickering of their fins. they also appear to have a couple of white pimples on them. multiple fish have them and they are on the sides of their bodies. i see maybe two or three in the fins of all my fish combine. also most fish only have 2-5 of these on each side of their bodies.
i immediatly thought i was dealing with ich. however, i read all about ich and their life cycle and i dont see these things moving or falling off. it just seems they are becomming prevelant on new fish. i wasnt sure what i was dealing with before i saw the white pimples so i medicated for paracites and fungus. that didnt do anything.
now i have a bottle of rid-ich ready to go but i dont want to over treat them. carbon is back in the water and i did a water change. just trying to find out if this is ich before i try to treat it AGAIN!!!!!!
it does not look like the pics i see and it is not a salt like sheet all over the fishes body. its like 3-6 pimples per fish just in random places but mostly on the sides of their bodies and on their scales. i really cant see anything on their gills maybe one pimple or something.
what do you think?
thanks for any info. i searched the web but havent fornd anything to fit the discription. if i wasnt for all the flashing i wouldnt even had noticed. i just know the pimples ar irratating them because of all the flashing. they even continuously try to swip at the pimples with their side fins.....this is noticable to see them doing this.????