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Trishfish 02-18-2007 11:57 AM

How long to treat
The directions for Maracyn say to treat for five days and you may repeat once if needed. I ended up treating for ten days straight because the white spots were very faded but not completely gone.

I'm not treating fish right now but just wondered if I would have stopped at five days would the fish have continued to heal?


Lupin 02-18-2007 07:33 PM

The white spots are supposed to disappear, not fade. Is this ich? Minimum time recommended is two weeks so the ich will be completely eliminated. Lesser than that will only encourage even more resistant strains making it more difficult to eradicate all parasites.

musho3210 02-18-2007 07:57 PM

first of all what disease are you treating? Bacterial infection? Fungus? Ich? Velvet? there are many diseases that can involve "white spots"

Trishfish 02-18-2007 08:12 PM

I'm pretty sure it was columnaris based on identical pictures on identical fish I found. The spots were almost gone by five days but not completely. I'm positive it wasn't ich.

Again, I'm not currently treating, just planning for when I upgrade to a bigger tank and get more fish.

Lupin 02-18-2007 10:00 PM

Columnaris-white-edged scales associated with white lips, clamped fins with large milky patches, listlessness and getting lethargic, breathing trouble

Velvet-coloration of spots can be gold to white, fish looks as if it has been powdered with flour, velvety coating on the skin

Fungus-This rarely happens unless your fish has wounds. Fungus is a secondary infection to wounds. Cottony patches.

Costia-color changes to gray or mily in some areas of the skin, frayed and clamped fins

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