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jiggityboom 02-23-2009 07:35 PM

White dots
i have six cichlids. three of them have white dots attached to their anal fin. what could this be? i can send pics if needed

adpierin11 02-23-2009 08:21 PM

sounds like ick, but pictures would be great.
If it is ich I would suggest raising the temp in the tank, that will speed up the life cycle of ich. Buy some rid ick medicine and dose the entire tank, you can also add some salt.

aspects 02-23-2009 08:56 PM

if its ick. clean the tank, do a WC, raise the temp (between 82-86), add salt (1 tbsp/gal)

mitcore 02-24-2009 12:06 AM

maybe fungul,
pics probably would help alot
ich is also possible

adrenln 02-24-2009 01:07 AM

egg spots...some people dont know about them.

adrenln 02-24-2009 01:08 AM

if you know about the egg spots then it could be having a white dot problem myself. i need to start a thread.

mitcore 02-24-2009 01:22 AM

egg spots???
what are those in all my yrs of breeding and keeping fish i have never seen or heard of egg spots

adrenln 02-24-2009 01:36 AM

they are on the anal fins of some cichlids. mostly male fish have them but females can have some too just not usually as many as the males have. not all species have them though. not sure of the purpose other then to attrach the females into spawning.

easty83 02-24-2009 01:48 AM

the purpose of egg spots is to help with fertilization. as the females is picking up the eggs she will try to pick up the "egg spot" while the male when she tries this releases his sperm thus making sure the eggs in the females mouth are fertile.

jiggityboom 02-24-2009 04:23 PM

i believe they are egg spots. thanks a lot

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