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DrivingMissFishy 01-10-2012 02:57 PM

'spirulina spots' on my african cichlids
Hi all,
Lately I have noticed some dark patches on some of my African cichlids. After doing alot of googling it seems that they are something called 'spirulina spots' which is dark pigmenting caused by feeding too much spirulina. My question is has anyone else experienced this or have any info about it? I couldn't find too much. What I did find said it would go away naturally after decreasing the amount of spirulina fed. I just hope that this is true!
Thanks all
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rrcoolj 01-10-2012 06:36 PM

Doubt it is too much sprinula considering these guys eat almost exclusively veggies in the wild. Probably some type of infection due to stress. What are the other fish and the tank and what are your water parameters?

DrivingMissFishy 01-10-2012 09:39 PM

I thought that but I've searched extensively and can't fins anything else that looks like it. My ammonia and nitrite are 0 nitrate 20, ph 8.2. There's some pics of my stock and set up in my original thread 'setting up an African cichlid tank' but I will post some new ones as soon as I can. The fish don't act stressed from what I can tell and they are breeding but I only watch them about an hour a day so I guess I couldn't really say. Should I say I feed them a home made mix which I put in about 70% spirulina
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DrivingMissFishy 01-12-2012 03:13 PM

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Tried to take some pics of the worst affected fish but its really hard to capture! its most noticeable on the light coloured fish namely the princess and the lab. chisumulae. i cant see any discolouration on the other fish, maybe a little on m male hongi, all the blue fish seem fine. Ive done a large water change and changed around the decor of the tank in the hopes to relieve stress if this is in fact the problem. the pics arent great but the discolouration is mostly on the head and upper body.

rrcoolj 01-12-2012 08:41 PM

Never seen anything like it but based on what I have read(google is an amazing tool) it should not affect the health of your fish. As long as the little guy is eating and not showing negative signs I would not worry about it.

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