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kkaso783 10-04-2008 08:12 PM

Platy with a Problem...Ideas?
I noticed today one of my Platys had a white cottony growth around his mouth. My guess is that it is some kind of fungus? Any ideas?


willow 10-05-2008 03:44 AM

can you add a bit more please.
tank size.
other fish.
water changes.
test results.
sound like mouth rot possibly.

kkaso783 10-05-2008 07:54 AM

Tank Size: 55 Gal

Other Fish:
7 Zebra Danios
7 White Cloud
4 Male Guppies
5 Female Guppies
2 Male Platys
4 Female Platys
Water Change 10% Every Week

Test Results:
KH: 6
NO3: 25
PH: 7.5
NH: 0.5
NO2: <0.3
GH: 13

willow 10-05-2008 08:29 AM

how long has your aquarium been up and running, ?
there is nitrite showing in the results and amonia,
there should not be any of these,the only one
that is exceptable at a low level is nitrate.
i would start with a wayer chage with dechlorinated water,
raised to the same temperature as the tank.
have you cleaned the filter.......if you have could you say how you did it.
it may be that he has just bashed himself on some decor,and a
secondary infection has set in,you can get a mouth rot
however before someone else joins me i would wait to medicate.
i could be mistaken.

Little-Fizz 10-05-2008 09:34 AM

Is your tank still cycling?

It sounds like Columnaris, its really contagious so if you have other tanks be very careful to not cross contaminate the equipment. Treat with Maracyn I & II... Have you added new fish recently? Any idea how you got this? Check in the thread that has the diseases listed and on the first page theres a platy with mouth fungus, check it out and see if its the same.

kkaso783 10-05-2008 10:13 AM

My tank has been running for a little over a week and it is still cycling. I just added the Platys on Friday from Petsmart. The ammonia test was very very low and I assumed that it wasn't perfect because the tank is cycling, but it wasn't serious. I purchased a moss ball last night which is supposed to suck up some nitrite so hopefully that will help. If this is very contagious I will have you know that I have already separated the fish from the main tank but now I just need to know what and how to treat it. I purchased an all-in-one treatment in the form of tablets. Should I try this method?

kkaso783 10-05-2008 10:15 AM

The all-in-one treatment is Lifeguard All-In-One Treatment "Attacks a Broad Range of External Fish Diseases - Bacterial, Fungal, Viral, Parasitic"

Little-Fizz 10-05-2008 10:37 AM

You could try it... But you should really just use the meds I recommended. And you shouldn't even bother putting him in a QT, treat the whole tank incase anyone else is infected.

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