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Old 04-05-2007, 03:59 PM   #1
 
What is this?

I know they are not the clearist pics. The fish wont stay still. But it sort of looks like mold on a fish. I have never seen this on a saltwater fish and want to know what it is. He eats fine doesnt seem tobother him yet. The water parameters are has follows; Ammonia-0,nitrite-0,nitrate-10,phosphate-.1, calcuim-480,salinity-1.024.


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Old 04-05-2007, 10:45 PM   #2
 
Could it be some sort of ich? Or another fish nipping at the tang?
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:13 PM   #3
 
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Not marine ich. Ich is characterized by miniscule white dots. The fish would have appear to have been sprinkled with flour.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:01 AM   #4
 
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I know I know nothing about salt water but this looks like a really deep bruise or a cut from something. Maybe an abrasion from a really hard run with something rough and solid. The coloring looks just like a bruise and the description makes it sounds like it could almost be a scabbed although I don't know if fish can form such a thing. Also, maybe the scales were removed there from a similar incident and the "mold" is the skin protecting it until the scales can be repaired, if it has scales of course.

I see this on trout that have been kept in raceways for 6-8 months and every once in a while you see a brownish spot that turns out to be an injury from jumping and hitting the side of the raceways or the water inlet. In the overcrowded raceways it is not a good sign because they don't ever treat injuries.

Hopefully, if it is an actual injury you can treat it to prevent any infections or to keep it from getting worse.
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Old 04-06-2007, 06:16 AM   #5
 
its does look like that could be it fish4all. when i looked at him closer he looked all scratched up. he has had ich and i have seen him trying to scratch it off. so it may very well be a sore.
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Old 04-06-2007, 07:01 AM   #6
 
i would put some stress coat in the tank just a little bit and see if that helps. Mine gets some of that sometimes and that is just cause he is fast and sometimes scrappes on rocks when he takes off.
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