To top off a terrible day I come home and discover my Rainbow and Congo are having problems. I can't believe it...I am so diligent about keeping a clean tank and religious with weekly water changes. Here's the readings I took today.
Nitrates between 5-10
Tank Temp 77F
Last water change was yesterday(Sunday) about 25%
I always gravel vac at each water change.
The fish are fed a varied diet which consists of flake and NLS pellets as the staple with frozen bloodworm and brine shrimp a couple times a week as well as the occasional pea. They also snack on zuccini, algae wafers and tropical wafers that I feed the bottom dwellers. They also had live brine recently.
First up, my Boesemani has a white growth on his lip. Could this be columnaris?
My biggest female Congo appears to have maybe a fungal or bacterial infection just below her dorsal fin.
And one of the male Congo appears to have the beginnings of maybe something similar?
Everyone is eating well. I haven't noticed anyone flashing. The rainbow does gape his mouth.
I have read that Congos can be prone to fungus when stressed. Being new in the tank could that possibly be what this is? There's some redness so I'm thinking maybe bacterial? Are parasites a possibility?
Please help me help my babies!