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krish 06-04-2012 10:58 PM

Is my b/n pleco sick?
 
Ok.

so i got a b/n pleco about a year ago. I originally kept her in a 30 gallon tank with gravel in it. She was completely healthy. then, about a month or two ago, i moved her to a new tank with the only change being sand as the substrate. Now, I noticed that her joints (as in the part that connects her fins to her body) are reddish in color. Sometimes, the area just below her mouth is red too. Also, occasionally even her back seems slightly reddish! I thought it was abrasion against the sand, but there is one catch. The reddish part only appears occasionally. Sometimes she looks completely healthy, with normal coloration, while other times she doesn't. There is no pattern to any of these symptoms, as she is cleaning all surfaces equally. Is she sick? What can I do to help her?

1077 06-05-2012 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by krish (Post 1106628)
Ok.

so i got a b/n pleco about a year ago. I originally kept her in a 30 gallon tank with gravel in it. She was completely healthy. then, about a month or two ago, i moved her to a new tank with the only change being sand as the substrate. Now, I noticed that her joints (as in the part that connects her fins to her body) are reddish in color. Sometimes, the area just below her mouth is red too. Also, occasionally even her back seems slightly reddish! I thought it was abrasion against the sand, but there is one catch. The reddish part only appears occasionally. Sometimes she looks completely healthy, with normal coloration, while other times she doesn't. There is no pattern to any of these symptoms, as she is cleaning all surfaces equally. Is she sick? What can I do to help her?

Will assume she is albino Bristlenose. If so,,I would not worry I have seen this that you speak of with red appearing on back of head,belly,etc, usually around spawning time, or after larger water changes,or after eating different types of food.
Also see this quite a bit as fish get's older and like you say,,it comes and goes.
Regular weekly water changes,variety of foods,would be all I would/could suggest and temps not too warm.

GwenInNM 06-05-2012 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 1106761)
Will assume she is albino Bristlenose. If so,,I would not worry I have seen this that you speak of with red appearing on back of head,belly,etc, usually around spawning time, or after larger water changes,or after eating different types of food.
Also see this quite a bit as fish get's older and like you say,,it comes and goes.
Regular weekly water changes,variety of foods,would be all I would/could suggest and temps not too warm.


I agree, but will add one thing. Make sure you do have a piece of driftwood for him/her. They do need that in their diet. My BN (not an albino) also sometimes has slight color changes/variations.

Gwen

1077 06-05-2012 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 1106791)
I agree, but will add one thing. Make sure you do have a piece of driftwood for him/her. They do need that in their diet. My BN (not an albino) also sometimes has slight color changes/variations.

Gwen

Yes,, they do like their roughage.:lol:

Ogre44 06-05-2012 04:13 PM

I have a Calico Bristlenose in my tank, and I've noticed that her color lightens and darkens at various times.
I was thinking that it's dependent on what she's up against, her log makes her darker, the sword leaves make her lighter.

krish 06-05-2012 09:19 PM

I do have a piece of driftwood in the tank for her to rasp. Also, I would like to note that she is not an albino, just, well, a normal one I guess. :lol: I don't know what a calico is, but i don't think its that. Is this normal for plain old b/ns?

GwenInNM 06-05-2012 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by krish (Post 1107586)
I do have a piece of driftwood in the tank for her to rasp. Also, I would like to note that she is not an albino, just, well, a normal one I guess. :lol: I don't know what a calico is, but i don't think its that. Is this normal for plain old b/ns?


A picture would be good, but mine is a "normal" BNP and I do notice small color changes at times. Seems like nothing to worry about.

Gwen

krish 06-05-2012 10:12 PM

sorry i don't have any pictures. she is an elusive one. ;-) Well so long as the occasional turning red of the underbelly is normal, ill be fine.

thanks a lot everyone!

1077 06-06-2012 05:30 AM

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Originally Posted by krish (Post 1107632)
sorry i don't have any pictures. she is an elusive one. ;-) Well so long as the occasional turning red of the underbelly is normal, ill be fine.

thanks a lot everyone!


As long as substrate is smooth, and no other sharp object's in tank to scrape the belly of this fish, I would not worry too much.
I assumed an albino, for it would be difficult for ME to note redness on normal coloration of these fishes.


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