11-11-2009, 08:54 PM
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I noticed that a few threads back I said I suspected the cloudiness was an algal bloom, I meant to write bacterial bloom, sorry if that confused anything.
It really sounds like the discolouration is due to either heightened ammonia levels or the jostling from tank to tank. Just to be clear on the progression of the discolouration, it did not get rapidly worse after the salt but progressed at the pace it was before. The salt was suggested to be added once and then wait a week so no more salt will be going into the tank.
That thread mentions some behavioural changes along with "flaking" and "ich" like spotting. My pleco has none of those things and I haven't been able to locate any online information about plecos losing their colour. He is behaving as happy and active as he always was and the discolouration is exactly that, his sides are turning grey. Oh, and I'm not sure if this helps but he is about 3.75inches in a 20G tank. That should be fine for now, eh? Byron, you mention plecos being extra sensitive as acidic water fish often are, is .25ppm high enough to cause that kind of reaction?