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post #1 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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White Spots - NOT ICH. Help!

I recently purchased a platy (along with a few other fish) from my local fish store. They immediately went into my quarantine tank. The platy developed a small white dot on her caudal fin. Thinking it was ich, I went to my local fish store and purchased some ich medication. By the next day, the spot has grown three times its original size and became shaped like a grain of rice. It has been three days now since the original sighting and there are now two easily-visible pill-shape things on her tail. I can't find anything that fits this description on any forum. It is NOT Ich or anchor worm. And none of the other fish have this... What can this be? Please help!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 11:08 PM
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It could be cotton wool disease...I'm fighting some of that right now myself, and 2 of the 4 that have it, started out like kinda like you are describing, the other 2 started at the mouth. I'm having a hard time finding you a pic at the moment because all the pics I find are more advanced ones.
I had brought 2 home from the pet store with it, not knowing...I just did not look at them close enough, soon enough. by the time I caught it, they were in the tank a couple days already and it spread.

If it does turn out to be that, I was told to treat it with fungus medicine, which did not work, then read just last night somewhere that it is a bacteria, not a fungus, so should be treated with coppersafe I think it was?
I would take a pic of mine for you, but they are in a hospital tank right now where I can't get pics since it's a rubermaid container with an air pump, heater, cycled rock etc. Best I could do on short notice as it was obviously spreading fast.
Can you get a pic of yours to post up?

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-11-2012, 11:29 PM
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This one is probably more advanced than yours (if it is cotton) but it's the best earlier stage pic I can find. It took a while for mine to get this "fuzzy" looking, and in a couple, never did...
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-12-2012, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for replying!

The first picture shows how the spots are shaped and how large, but I can't get a very good picture with the color and texture. The best way I can describe them is like rice. They are smooth, and appear to be IN the caudal fin. Also, I don't see any redness either.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-12-2012, 01:40 PM
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I was hoping by now someone else would be able to jump in, I just can't tell from your pic, sorry about that.
I can tell you that most of mine started out to appear pretty smooth though.
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