Hello everyone - I'm worried about one of my favorite fish and need your advice. I first noticed 2 to 4 small white spots on my male German Blue Ram a few days ago.
I'm not an experienced fish keeper, but I immediately thought it was Ich. But, within a couple of days, the spots were gone. In place of the largest of the spots, there was a hole (PLEASE SEE PHOTOS BELOW.)
I occasionally see a fish scratch itself on my substrate or on a decoration, but not very often. Does this mean that whatever is attacking my male GBR is trying to attack other fish too? Is there really a parasite/pathogen, or is this a different problem entirely?
Here are my tank particulars: 1. SIZE OF TANK:
20 Gallons 2. WATER PARAMETERS
a. AMMONIA - Seems to be SLIGHTLY above zero - almost undetectable.
b. NITRITE - Zero
c. NITRATE - Zero
d. pH, KH and GH - pH is about 8.0 (yes, very high - but it comes out of Las Vegas faucets at about 8.2!) I have no idea about KH and GH
e. TEST KIT - API Freshwater Master Test Kit 3. Temperature?
- Fluctuates between about 79.9 and 81.5 4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?
- FW 5. How long the aquarium has been set up?
- I've had fish in it since January 8th, 2011 6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank?
5 Lamp-Eye Tetras
2 Kuhli Loaches
3 Otocinclus Catfish
2 Ghost Shrimp
1 Bamboo Shrimp
2 German Blue Rams (Male-Female Pair) How big are they? How long have you had them?
Tetras are about 1 inch or smaller - I've had 3 of them since January, other two for about 2 months.
Kuhli Loaches are 3-4 inches - I've had them since 3-2-11
Oto Catfish are about 1 inch - I've had them since 2-28-11
Ghost Shrimp are about .75 inch - I've had them since 2-28-11
Bamboo Shrimp is about 2.5 inches - I've had it since late February
GBRs are about 2 inches - I've had the male since 2-26-11, and the female since 3-12-11 7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?
No 8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?
Both b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?
Sand c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?
African Root. A couple of small holes to hide in, but mostly small, arched swim throughs. 9. a. Filtration?
I'm running 2 Aqueon QuietFlow 10 filters and one Lustar II Sponge Filter b. Heater?
Aqueon 100w Submersible 10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
On as early as 6am, off around midnight (I keep crazy work hours. b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?
Not really 11. a. Water change schedule?
Every 7-9 days b. Volume of water changed?
5 Gallons c. Well water, tap water, RO water?
Tap Water d. Water conditioner used?
Tetra Aqua Safe Plus, AmQuel Plus, (Occasional: StressCoat and Prime) e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?
Every 7-9 days 12. Foods?
Flake, shrimp pellets, algae flakes, occasional fresh cucumber How often are they fed?
LIGHT feeding earlier in the day, main feeding in the evening 13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
I *THINK* everyone is acting "normally", but I haven't been tending an aquarium long enough to be sure I'd recognize "abnormal" if I saw it. b. Appearance of poop?
The GBRs make A LOT of it! c. Appearance of gills?
Nothing abnormal that I can see. 14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?
I added 10 drops of Prime a few minutes ago when I saw a slight (slight!) green tint to my ammonia test result. b. What meds were used?
None 15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary