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post #1 of 6 Old 10-07-2009, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
Question I'm not sure which category a pleco would fall in, so I'll ask here.

My pleco recently has a couple of small holes in his tail and now he has a slit running all the way up his tail. He seems healthy. Is this being caused by a disease in the tank or is he catching it on something in the tank? Any ideas?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-07-2009, 07:50 PM
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What size tank? How does the water test for ammonia and nitrite?
Post a picture if you can. It is possible the pleco ripped its tail on something. Any sharp decorations in the tank? Keep a close eye on him for any signs of infection. Some extra water changes will help with the healing.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-07-2009, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
29 gallon tank, Yes, there is a cave that has some sharp edges. I just noticed that one of my other fish has ick, so I'm treating the tank for ick. So I should wait on the water changes temporarily, right? I'll try to take a picture in a few minutes. Thanks. Oh, yeah. Water tests are ok.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-08-2009, 04:31 AM
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What ick treatment are you using? Water changes along with the meds can help remove ick faster, but if not following the med directions, you could accidentally overdose.
If the water is ammonia and nitrite free, might just be best to follow the med directions.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-09-2009, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
Quickcure Ick treatment. The kind they sell at Wal-mart.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-09-2009, 05:34 AM
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Saying your water tests are ok doesn't help us very much.
Water should test 0 for ammonia and nitrites all day every day.Water changes of 20 to 25 percent each week using a dechlorinator that detoxifys chlorine,chloramines,and AMMONIA for new water before it is added to the tank is also necessary.
Filter should be mature, (five to six weeks) old with healthy population of bacteria.

Product Quik Cure should be used for three consecutive days at half dose for sensitive fish like tetras and catfish with 25 percent water change on fourth day. If Ich is still present,repeat the treatment.
Don't feed the fish during treatment. turn lights off during treatment. Slowly raise temp one degree each day to 82 degrees. Remove carbon from the filter during treatment. Replace carbon with new carbon after treatment. Don't add any new fish to tank during treatment. Don't use nets buckets etc that are used for sick tank in other tanks.
This info should help you.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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