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post #1 of 3 Old 11-15-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Is this Ich?

What is the size of your tank? 29 gallon

What are your water parameters? State the brand of test kit used. Amm. 0-.25. Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 10-20 (use API master kit)

Is your aquarium set up freshwater or brackish water? Freshwater

How long the aquarium has been set up? About 1 month

What temperature is the tank water currently? 79

Are there live plants in the aquarium? No

What filter are you using? State brand, maintenance routine and power capacity. Aqua Tech 20-40

10. Any other equipment used (aside from heater and filter which are two very important components of the tank)? Air stone

11. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? What is your lighting schedule (assuming you do not rely on sunlight for our viewing pleasure)? No sunlight, fluorescent light on from 9am-8pm/10pm

12. When did you perform your last water change and how much water was changed? How often do you change your water? Do you vacuum the substrate? Doing 2 50% water changes a week right now, still cycling

13. What foods do you provide your fish? What is the feeding schedule? Tropical flakes, frozen blood worms once a week, shrimp pellets and algea wafers for the loaches

14. What unusual signs have you observed in your fish? Nothing unusual, just the white lips

15. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? If so, what treatments did you use? State your reasons for planning ahead of proper diagnosis. No, haven't done anything yet

I noticed today that a few of my Harlequin Rasboras have a single white 'thing' on their lips. It looks bigger than a grain of salt on one of them, and they don't have any white dots anywhere else, just their lips (I have seen 3 out of the 7 that have white lips). Is this Ich? They don't show any other signs, no scratching or acting strange, they are still eating well. How should I treat it with every one in the tank? (I have 4 platys, 7 harlequin rasboras, 5 loaches and a dwarf gourami). Should I heat the tank to 85 to be on the safe side? On the profile site it says they like temps of 82 being the highest, would these fish tolerate high temps ok? I'm afraid to put in AQ salt due to the loaches. Not really sure what to do!! Here are a few pictures that don't show it very well (fish are so hard to get pictures of!!!). Any help would surely be appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-15-2011, 11:30 PM
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I did a search on google for fish disease white mouth and found cotton mouth. From what I read it looks like ur fish might be in the early stages of it. here's the link i found.
Aquarium FD - Cotton Mouth - Disease Identification, Diagnosis & Treatment
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-16-2011, 02:50 AM
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It looks like it could be ich to me. I just had an outbreak of ich with some new fish I just put in my 135 gallon aquarium. I did a temperature bump for about a week and it cured my fish. You can check out my post if you like, it goes over exactly how I did it. Check it out here.

New Red Terror Cichlids

You can also check out this website I found to be very useful. It is where I read about raising the temperature to cure ich. Check it out here.

Using Heat to Treat Ich in Freshwater Tropical Fish - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish

Hope this help.
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