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sean117Ply 05-15-2007 02:55 AM

AHHHH my pleco
What is wrong with my pleco??? he has white patches on him, is it fungus?and what can i do about it?

Daz 05-15-2007 02:58 AM

Could be, can we have a pic Sean ?

lioness501 05-15-2007 03:21 AM

my pleco often has white patches. if it just looks like his colour has faded a little, sometimes they do that according to their mood. if it it raised, however, it could b fungus but fungus is usually a secondary infection. keep a close eye on him to see if the patches change back to his normal colour, if they do, he is fine!

leifthebunny 05-15-2007 05:09 PM

Well, plecos will alter color to match that of their environment. Depending on their background, my plecos will get pronounced white spots, some up to 7mm in diameter.

Falina 05-15-2007 05:12 PM

One of my plecs develops lighter patches sometimes. I'm not sure if it has to do with her mood, or just times where she's feeling a bit poorly or whatever but there have never been any visible health conditions when the lighter patches appear, and they usually don't stay about long.

How long does your plec have these patches for? If they're not permanent, I wouldn't worry.

sean117Ply 05-15-2007 08:39 PM

I will try and get a pic but he keeps moving and hiding. The white patches are raised and flakey. Is this bad???

leifthebunny 05-15-2007 09:01 PM

I use this site as a starter for looking up diseases and such for fish: Normal white patches for plecos wouldn't be raised, just skin coloration.

lioness501 05-16-2007 02:38 AM

raised and flakey is not just mood change

willow 05-16-2007 02:44 AM

he hasn't burnt himself on the heater
by any chance has he.?

sean117Ply 05-16-2007 04:52 AM

Its really weird I lifted up his hiddy hole and found him covered in those realy flakey white patches neally over his whole body along side him was a bunch of orange eggs, i took out the eggs, and now all the white patches have gone and he looks normal. This all happend in a period of 2-3 hours. STRANGE!!!!

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