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0001 10-21-2011 09:47 PM

is this ick on my pleco?
 
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hey i am wondering if this is ick on my pleco, i never really noticed it till now but i am worried if it is or not, none of my other fish have these white spots, i'm still pretty new to the fish world so i'm not sure

gmate 10-21-2011 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by 0001 (Post 870739)
hey i am wondering if this is ick on my pleco, i never really noticed it till now but i am worried if it is or not, none of my other fish have these white spots, i'm still pretty new to the fish world so i'm not sure

Looks like it to me. What are your water parameters? How long have you had the fish?

0001 10-21-2011 10:12 PM

my pH is around 7, every thing else is fine, only thing is that i was away for 2 days and my heater stopped working so my temp droped below 70ish for a day, i have had this fish for 3 days now. what should i do to try and get rid of it ?

gmate 10-21-2011 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by 0001 (Post 870758)
my pH is around 7, every thing else is fine, only thing is that i was away for 2 days and my heater stopped working so my temp droped below 70ish for a day, i have had this fish for 3 days now. what should i do to try and get rid of it ?

Stress of the move and the heater breaking. There's your cause, bottom line. In my opinion, for a fish to be 'fully acclimated' into a new tank can take at the BEST one week, but usually two to four weeks when being introduced into an existing aquarium with other fish. What others do you have in the tank?

The stress of the move, combined with a heater break with a fluctuation in temperate will likely be the cause of this issue. I don't advocate medicating. Just bring the temperature to where it needs to be (if you haven't already) and just let the fish acclimate on his own. Treat with aquarium salt if desired to kill any free floating ich, and the fish will fight it off himself. Wouldn't worry about it. Ich is the easiest problem to rid.

0001 10-21-2011 10:22 PM

i have one shy cichlid in the tank with him, never even bothers him, there both eating good so i guess thats a good sign, i'm gunna try to get the temp back up with my lights since i still dont have a heater till tomorrow

gmate 10-21-2011 10:28 PM

What specie of Cichlid? When they grow to maturity, Cichlids are known to be aggressive to Plecos. Some of the more aggresive species, like Convict, Will always kill Pleco tankmates.
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0001 10-21-2011 10:49 PM

its an african cichlid,


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