Soooo my pleco used to be very reclusive, this week he started hanging out on the glass in plain sight even when I had the lid open, where as for the whole time ive had him he darts to a hidey hole when I open the top. The last couple days he seems to not even notice me at all, even if i wave my hand infront of the tank. I was wondering if he is having trouble seeing. yesterday and today he has spent alot of time just swimming around in the tank. not erratically or anything, just casually swimming in circles the length of the tank.
his symptoms besides that are tiny tiny white (not ich, smaller than that) white spots on the ridges of his armor. it could be almost anything, he coulda always looked like that, ive never gotten to see him close up like I have the last couple days. not a ton of white spots either, just a sprinkling of them.
on his nose, at the very tip it looks like its roughed up a small bit. I was wondering if he is running into things if he cant see well, but he swam around the tank like a pro tonight while I watched him.
AND! tonight... dun dun DUN! I noticed a long long string of white coming from his butt :( it was almost clear, about as big as a thread, and about as long as he was.
now im thinking parasite? we all know ive been having water chem issues lately in the 110g...
pre water change ammonia 0.5ppm nitrite 0.5ppm and nitrate 40+ ppm
post water change ammonia 0.25ppm nitrite 0ppm and nitrate a bit less than 40ppm. I did the 2nd nitrite test 2x, so either a 20% change removed all traces of nitrite or i botched the first test *shrug*
any thoughts or courses of treatment? hes almost 7" long, dont wanna lose the big feller now :)