03-24-2014, 12:56 PM
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i had this mystery disease in one of my tanks. starts like ich, but doesnt respond well to ich treatments, then quickly covers the fish in bright white spots that grow together to form patches. i tried heat but that only accelerated the progression. Iinterestingly, a week before i had a real case of ich that responded well to heat treatment.
the disease seemed to encrust first around the edges of the scales, and around the eyes, and on fins. the fish never lost appetite or had any symptoms that are normally associated with severe ich infestation. Fish was rubbing against rocks, but did not had labored breathing or lethargy. it would be awesome if we could figure this thing out because ive never seen or heard of anything like this in over 30 years of fishkeeping, and photos online and reference materials did not help.
i cured my fish with high doses of coppersafe administered over the course of 2-3 weeks, but also killed my plants. it did not, however, affect my cycle.
I wish you all good luck and im definitely following this thread to see if any of you excellent people can shed some light on this mystery disease