White Spots On Pleco's Face
Posted 03 July 2008 - 07:41 PM
Here are some pictures that I snapped. I know the second one is hard to see but you can still make out the size of the spots. My pleco is still small yet, only about 3 inches long just to help give an idea of the scale of the spots. Any help I could get would be wonderful.
Posted 04 July 2008 - 03:47 AM
Posted 04 July 2008 - 08:46 AM
Any red edging to the patches.
If whitespot left untreated the spots can start to join up to form a patch.
Edited by Wilder, 04 July 2008 - 08:46 AM.
Posted 04 July 2008 - 06:57 PM
Posted 04 July 2008 - 07:36 PM
The little white dots look like whitespot and the fish also appears to be producing excess mucous, which can be another indication of whitespot or something else.
When treating for whitespot you need to keep the medication in the water for a week or so after the spots disappear. The whitespot parasite has 3 phases in its lifecycle.
1) the white spots on the fish
2) the spots fall off the fish and sit in the gravel where the parasite multiplies
3) the cysts in the gravel rupture open releasing thousands of new parasites into the water.
You can only kill the disease during this free swimming stage and medication must be continued even after the spots have fallen off the fish so it kills the parasites when they eventually hatch out and start looking for a new host.
As for the fish panicking when the lights are turned on in the morning, that can be caused by poor water quality, chemicals in the water, and shock from being in a dark tank that suddenly goes light.
Check the water and do some daily water changes and gravel cleans for a week. This will reduce any disease organisms left in the tank and dilute any residual chemicals.
In the morning you should open the curtains or turn the room lights on about 30 minutes before you turn the tank light on. This gives the fish a chance to wake up slowly and not get blinded by the tank lights coming on when everything else is really dark.
At night you should turn the room lights on, then turn the tank lights off. Leave the room lights on for about 15-30minutes before turning them off.
Posted 05 July 2008 - 05:10 PM
Posted 05 July 2008 - 08:18 PM
Posted 05 July 2008 - 08:22 PM
Edited by calandra, 05 July 2008 - 08:24 PM.
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