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I have just noticed these cottony spots on a couple of blue rams I just got. They are juveniles. in the pics you can ...
I have just noticed these cottony spots on a couple of blue rams I just got. They are juveniles. in the pics you can see the white spot. Now just in the last few hours there is a red dot just under the white spot.
Is this fungal or bacterial? I have melafix, will that cut it or should I get something else? I have them quarantined, just don't know what to treat with.
Most fish disease is bacterial. I have never seen a fungal infection in person, only pictures, your picture almost looks fungal to me.
How does the ammonia/nitrite test in the qt tank? I agree with Romand, I would go with a medication that will treat both.
A lot of meds are carcinogenic such as formalin and malachite green however handling them with care will lessen risks. I've got my skin stained numerous times before from malachite green and methylene blue and even whiffed by accident the formalin in a poorly ventilated lab. I would not worry about it as long as you can handle them properly.
If you opt to go with Maracyn, your best defense to keep the ram is doing daily water changes until you get the Maracyn and Maracyn 2. You still have other choices though such as kanamycin, tetracycline (will not work with pH over 7.6), acriflavine or furan.