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post #11 of 14 Old 10-13-2013, 02:09 AM
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Chesh, no, lymphocystis can affect all types of fish, including saltwater. There are different types of iridoviruses that do affect only certain kinds of fish though but generally, those don't cause raised bumps. There's a dwarf gourami iridovirus, an angelfish iridovirus, even one that affects rams. There may even be an anabantoid iridovirus.

Cornelius's age may have caused his immune system to be a little more compromised and that's why he became susceptible to the virus.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-13-2013, 08:40 PM
Sakura,

This Betta alone in a 5 gallon tank is being well taken care of.

If one has this iridovirus disease on a fish in a community tank, where there is only one or two others of the same species, would you recommend leaving the fish in the community tank rather than putting it separately in a hospital tank? You know...they just seem so lonely when you put them in the isolation ward.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-13-2013, 10:34 PM
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Hi easeltine. As long as the fish in the community are not very aggressive and nippy to each other, I think it is fine to leave a fish with lymphocystis in the community tank. The virus is already present in the water but as long as the water conditions are good and the fish are not stressed, the chances of other fish developing lymphocystis is small. As you point out, it gets lonely in isolation and sometimes, that loneliness causes unnecessary stress that could just make a fish sicker.

EDIT: The same goes for iridoviruses that target specific species of fish; it is already present and sometimes isolating the fish or otherwise disrupting the normal routine does more harm than good. Only time to remove a fish with an iridovirus is if it is struggling to swim or is being picked on.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-13-2013, 10:42 PM
Thank you!
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