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post #1 of 9 Old 09-29-2007, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Help, something wrong with my pleco's

One of my plecos has a large wound or some kind of bacteria on him. I am not sure which it is. And a couple of my other pleco's are starting to develop some kind of white fuz on them (is this bacteria). Are my pleco sick? On the link I provided are the pictures, the black pleco is the one with what looks like a wound, and the grey one has the white fuzz (hard to see) please help me, if you think they are sick, I will isolate them and i will need to know what kind of medicine they may need. Thank you so much

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-29-2007, 03:00 AM
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White fuzz sounds like fungus to me. Have you treated the wounds yet? Use Melafix and do plenty of water changes as much as possible. If left untreated, fungus eventually develops.

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-29-2007, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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ok i just got the melafix. Now do I have to isolate the sick fish? or can they stay with the healthy ones? Can I use pimafix(for fungus etc.) and melafix in the same tank? Does the pimafix kill any fungus or bacteria that is in the water? Thank you
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anyone??
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-29-2007, 07:29 PM
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If you can isolate the fish it is best to but only if you're not putting him under additional stress. Since he has injured himself and it has turned to fungus, rather than him contracting a disease, it is less likely to spread to other fish.

It's not recommended to mix medications but since melafix and primafix are natural you might be alright. I'm not 100% sure though so hopefully somebody else will be able to give you a definitive answer.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-29-2007, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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no no, one is injuered (or it may be a sore), and a different one has the white fungus

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If you can isolate the fish it is best to but only if you're not putting him under additional stress. Since he has injured himself and it has turned to fungus, rather than him contracting a disease, it is less likely to spread to other fish.

It's not recommended to mix medications but since melafix and primafix are natural you might be alright. I'm not 100% sure though so hopefully somebody else will be able to give you a definitive answer.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-29-2007, 08:25 PM
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It's fine to mix melafix and primafix. You could also try aquarium salt as a back-up treatment, although it is not required.

Just make sure to keep the water as clean as possible with water changes as mentioned before. That will be one of the best treatments.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-30-2007, 09:09 AM
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Look at the state of the dorsal on it :(

something is attacking it, not hard to imagine what it could be.....
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-02-2007, 12:08 PM
It definitely looks like your fish are beating up on one another. Plecos, although sold in pet stores a community fish, can get really nasty the bigger they are. Have you noticed your two plecos bickering with one another? If so, you might need to rehome one of them in a different tank. Once the fighting has been stopped, treating them both with Melafix and Pimafix, as mentioned by others, should improve both the wound and the fungus. I used both treatments on a goldfish with fin rot and got wonderful results, even after Mardel meds did not work. Hope that helps!

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