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post #31 of 36 Old 02-19-2012, 10:16 PM
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post #32 of 36 Old 02-20-2012, 11:58 AM
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FLashing?
Flashing is the term aquarists use to describe the action of a fish that is scraping its gill area on plant leaves, wood, rock or the substrate. The fish flashes very fast against the object in an attempt to dislodge something from the gills, and usually (but not always) this will be a parasite like ich or velvet.

Sometimes it can simply be a piece of food caught in the gills; when fish eat, food passes in their mouth with water and sometimes a bit can be pushed out through the gills. I've seen this mostly with catfish like corys, when feeding frozen or live worms.

More often though it is parasitic, and if seen you should carefully observe the fish. An isolated flash is not a problem, but if it occurs frequently, or by more than one fish, it may be something.

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This has been a very interesting thread to read through, I learned a lot Thanks to all who posted.

Mina I am so sorry to hear that you lost some of your beautiful fish. I know that is hard, especially when you have to euthanize. Not an easy decision but far more humane then allowing them to die slowly.

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Oh, thanks for the kind words Inga, but that Magpie. I haven't lost any fish, that was her sad misfortune.

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Oh, thanks for the kind words Inga, but that Magpie. I haven't lost any fish, that was her sad misfortune.

Oops, sorry. I meant Magpie. I was thinking of two different conversations when I was writing that. Guess this is what happens in old age. ha ha

Magpie I am very sorry about YOUR fish. It is very sad.

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Thank you, I appreciate it- hard to lose even the smallest fish. Thankfully my husband was around and he euth'd the fish for me.
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