11-02-2007, 07:03 PM
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Well gang, I'm about at my wits end with this fish. I checked on him today and after he started eating again yesterday he appears pretty good. He ate very well today also, but to me has a little discoloration around his face. I haven't treated him for anything (and quite frankly don't know if I should). I'm unfamiliar with Ich in general and have only seen a few, very minor white flecks on the fish from time to time (perhaps on his tail, fins or even a spot on top of his head) but he's eating, looks well rounded (not thin), breathing normally and is moving all over the tank. He still brushes up against some of the rock as if scratching himself and also up against the tanks heater. He has 2 caves in some rock that he hangs out in and is the meekest of the fish that I have (heck, even the PJ Cardinal runs him off). I was wondering if it was feasible that the so-called Ich that I'm seeing isn't some type of dust or specks off the rock or gravel in the tank, where he lies in these caves, sticking to him? The discoloration I'm seeing possibly where he scratches himself? Also, when stressed, is it feasible that a fish can catch a mild case of Ich and then rebound from it? My friend, that also has a SW tank, told me that when his fish got Ich it was dead in about 2 days and then it killed off most of his other fish very swiftly. This fish has been acting this way for well over a week now. The friend, doesn't believe this is Ich because the fish have lived so long. He suggests do nothing except to have a large water change and see if that helps. Is it possible that I have a slightly elevated Nitrate level that is causing this odd behavior in this fish? Last check it was around a 25-30 PPM.
At the present, I'm going to give my 55 gallon tank a 12 gallon water change to lower that Nitrate level and see if this has any affect on the fish. I don't think it would hurt anyway. I'm open to any and all suggestions. My previous post mentions treating the tank w/formaldehyde. I'd still love an answer to that as well.