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Help White Spots on my black molly
I looked into my tank today and i saw white spots on my black molly. I didnt remember seing them before, ive read that it can be ich? Im going to try to get a good picture to see if any of you can tell me what it is. What should i do in the meentime??
can you give us more info on your tank like size, other inhabitents, params, temp???
30 gal all 0 ammonia, 0 nitrate, 0 nitrite, ph 7, gh and kh are normal, temp is a steady 78, i have 3 other mollys 3 guppys 5 hi fin tetras, pleco, 2 neon tetras, 4 zebra danios, and these 2 snails just hang out that hitched a ride into my tank on some plants i bought a while ago.
I use salt for ich. Yes, a photo will help. Ich normally looks like the fish has been sprinkled with salt (not literally).
Here's my article for ich and its treatment. Be careful with meds. Many meds suggested are harsh and one of those I absolutely abhor for curable diseases such as ich is copper sulfate. The only time I'd use copper is against velvet if other options available have been used up.
i would be a little hesitent to add salt to the tank with a pleco in there, they can sometimes be very sensitive to salt....do you have an adjustable heater in there??? since joining the forum i have grown fond of the high temp treatment for ich, i have used it and it work great.
Sounds like ich to me.....I had it 2x now either case I had it on my Tetra so I didn't use salt. I immediatly upped my Temp bit by bit to now 82F (highest my Rummy's will tolerate) and added med's each day that incl Malachite Green and Formali. So far Day 4 for me here: Everybody is alive and spots are subsiding expect for 1 Rummy.
What I learned the 1st time I face this: You got to act fast, no reading up on it for waiting till 'later' to get meds, act as soon as you see that stuff.
Yes i have an adjustable heater and now all my mollies have it...even my pregnant one :-(. im going to up the temperature and ill have to use salt, the article says i can use table salt....Do you recommend that??
Just do the Temp slowly, I went for 1 degree in about 2hrs and so on.
Had only used ich meds so I can not comment on the salt method. But I am VERY sure you can not use table salt, but rather aquarium salt.
Did you use both meds at the same time?? and will it be even more stress on my fish introducing both at the same time? Also where can i buy these..Im looking online to see if my local petco and petsmart carry them and they dont seem to...
There are many effective ways to treat for ick. This is what I have done in the past, with great results......
I add salt. ( plain table salt is fine to use) I only add 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons of water. Salt sensitive fish will be fine at this salt level, just be sure to fully dissolve the salt in water before adding it to your tank. Grains of salt, landing on fish will burn them.
Slowly raise temperature. No more than 1 deg a day. 1/2 deg. every 12 hrs, even better. Raise the temp all the way to 85-86 deg. At 82, it is too warm for the ick to remain on fish. You will see the spots start to disappear. 85-86 deg, this will kill the free swimming ick. Leave the temp at 85-86 for one whole week after all visual signs of ick are gone. Then it should be safe to slowly lower the temp to you normal setting.
Heat depreciates oxygen levels, so turn up all available air. Dropping the water line will give you more air from the filter. (the more air the better)
Water changes throughout will help remove some of the free swimming ick, just replace removed salt during the ick treatment.
Good luck, with whatever method you choice to use!
Ick can be hard to get rid of, if you are getting any readings for ammonia or nitrites. If this is a problem, extra water changes to keep levels as low as possible.
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