Help Single White Spot On My Synadontis
Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:47 PM
i have a 50 gal tank with 6 lemon tetras, 6 black skirts, 1 paradise blue gourami, 2 white tip blue sharks, 3 lace synadontis, one small black ghost knife and 6 ghost shrimp. i do my water changes one a week, everyone is healthy except i my largest synadontis has a white spot on its side that is 2-3 cm, this fish is not showing any signs of distress no rubbing, swimming normal, no pinched fins, as with the rest of my fish in the tank. could this be a parasite or just a possible wound. i bought a general cure anti-parasitic medication by API, is it safe to use? i don't have a quarantine tank i just don't have room for one.
and if advise you have is greatly appreciated
i attached a photo it is really blurry but its the best i could do with my camera
Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:05 PM
Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:10 PM
You should know that kife fish doesn't really like smaller fish and that I think your synadontis's problem is either a large fungal infection (less likely), or a infection that has caused cell death in that area (more likely). However these two could be all wrong.
It could be fungal. Is it fuzzy looking? Does it hang off the fish or is it just the fish's colour?
Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:47 PM
Any redness to the patch.
Does the patch look fluffy in appearance.
Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:04 PM
Posted 02 January 2009 - 05:35 PM
Posted 02 January 2009 - 10:33 PM
White patches can be columnaris which is bacterial.
Posted 03 January 2009 - 04:03 PM
Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:55 PM
Are any of the fish flicking and rubbing.
Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:49 AM
Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:03 PM
Posted 05 January 2009 - 06:35 AM
Fish infected with Lymphocystis will present with clusters of whitish, berry-like growths on the skin and fins. These "clusters" may resemble small clutches of eggs or cauliflower (hence, it is sometimes called Cauliflower Disease). They will be clearly visible and may even become extremely large. This disease often affects the fins first.
Viral infection. The virus will eventually kill the fish if it is unable to mount a strong enough immune response as the virus rampages through the fish’s tissues, destroying its cells.
As with all viral infections, there is no suitable cure or efficacious treatment; however Quick Cure claims to be helpful. I have also heard of people who trim the fish's fins, followed by several baths in Malachite Green. Fortunately, this disease is uncommon and in some cases, infected fish are able to recover quickly without treatment.
Lymphocystis is highly infectious. When infected cells from the fish’s skin or fins burst the virus is spread throughout the aquarium and can remain contagious for periods of up to two months. Fish not showing symptoms should be removed from the aquarium and placed in quarantine, away from other fish, for at least 60 days. Note, remove uninfected fish, not the other way around because the aquarium has become contaminated. The infected aquarium should be emptied and thoroughly disinfected before returning any fish to it. Do not use soap to clean the aquarium.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 05:22 AM
i think i'm at the point where maybe i should just start medicating and hope something works. the salt doesnt seem to be working, but it has only been 2 -3 days. i'll give it a couple of more days if nothing then i will do a h20 change and then i will try something else any suggestions.
could it be specific to that type of fish?
Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:01 AM
Posted 08 January 2009 - 11:27 AM
Don't cut the med course short for it to flare back up.
Posted 16 January 2009 - 07:17 AM
Posted 16 January 2009 - 04:12 PM
Posted 26 July 2010 - 02:06 PM
Edited by novaturient, 26 July 2010 - 02:07 PM.
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