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post #1 of 6 Old 02-05-2009, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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don't know what this could be

i got 2 fish ( don't know what kind they are, all i know is that they're cichlids ) about 3 weeks ago from the local LFS everyhting was fine, until i noticed that these white spots on them, only them 2 have the spots, does anyone know what it could be, they're doing fine, just concerned about what the spots are. you can see the white above the eye and down the side.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-05-2009, 03:11 PM
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Looks like ick. It can be treated with ick medications from the store, follow directions carefully. Another option, is to treat with the heat method. Use a tablespoon of salt for each 5gal of water. Increase heat slowly. No more than 1 deg in 12 hrs. At 82 deg you should see the ick fall off the fish with in a couple days. Keep Raising the temperature up to 86 deg. Leave it at 86 for two weeks. This should kill all the ick in the tank. High temperatures depreciate oxegen levels in the tank, so add some extra air stones. When done with the heat treatment, slowly decrease temperature in the method stated above.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-06-2009, 02:51 AM
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Have you tested your water? How often are water changes? what size tank? what other fish ? Some cichlids require Ph levels a bit higher than for other tropical fish. In any event ,it don't look like ICH to me but I'm no expert on fish diseases. I would see that the cichlids are getting a variety of foods such as foods high in protein and foods with vitamin C. Ocean nutrition makes a very good cichlid food. Occasional blood worms (once a week) ,frozen brine shrimp or freezedried,some pellet food,Maybe some frozen Krill would all be enjoyed by your fish. The marks on fish could be from scraping against something or from fighting which is not uncommon.
Were it me ,, And it aint,, I would test the water to see what results are and step up water changes along with as stated, providing a variety of foods but thats just me. Good luck.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-06-2009, 06:11 AM
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Sorry, I think 1077 is correct. I was looking at the white spot on the fin in the second picture. Looking back again, I can now see the spots you are reffering to.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-06-2009, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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Have you tested your water? How often are water changes? what size tank? what other fish ? Some cichlids require Ph levels a bit higher than for other tropical fish. In any event ,it don't look like ICH to me but I'm no expert on fish diseases. I would see that the cichlids are getting a variety of foods such as foods high in protein and foods with vitamin C. Ocean nutrition makes a very good cichlid food. Occasional blood worms (once a week) ,frozen brine shrimp or freezedried,some pellet food,Maybe some frozen Krill would all be enjoyed by your fish. The marks on fish could be from scraping against something or from fighting which is not uncommon.
Were it me ,, And it aint,, I would test the water to see what results are and step up water changes along with as stated, providing a variety of foods but thats just me. Good luck.
my ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 0 and ph 7.8, it's a 55gl with 1 bumble bee, 1 albino peacock, 2 jewels , 1 acei , 1 kenyi and 1 convict , and 1 pleco, i do a 30 % cnhange every week, i feed them bloodworms in the morning when i get home from work, pellets in the evening, and somtimes i give them flakes instead of the pellets, i know the convict should'nt be in there with them but he was the 1st one i got to cycle the tank with, and they're all getting along now, except for when they try to invade another ones territory , thanks for the advice guys.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-06-2009, 07:44 AM
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It would be very difficult to achieve 0 nitrAtes with the number of fish you have and 30 percent weekly water changes. In any event, Fighting is probably what has caused the damage. If water quality is maintained,, then fish have a good chance of healing. If not then it is possible that scrapes or wounds could get infected. I would keep a close eye on them. They almost look like young blue acaras.

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