My creek chub just developed this 2 days ago. Is it fungus? I am in the process of moving around the aquarium plants, rocks, etc. Do you think it is stress from the change or something else?
Also, is there a recommended way to raise my PH? It is at about 6.5 and Im trying to keep it at around 7.
fungus on creek chub?
Posted 08 May 2017 - 06:06 PM
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:50 AM
How often should I do water changes to increase quality? Should I do the standard once a week water change? One of the reasons I was moving the rocks and stuff is because there were so many rocks, I could not clean the gravel. Should I still add salt if I have 2 amazon swords? will that harm them?
Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:21 AM
Leo, the short answer is, as much and as often as it takes. There is no 'standard' rule on a weekly water change because every tank is different. If your tank is X-gallons, and you have X-fish, and you feed X-amount...........and still have ammonia or high nitrates in your tank then you need to do a water change. Or, you need to reduce the bioload on the tank. That is, reduce the number of fish, or feeding (or both).
Healthy fish that develop ulcers and lesions, like yours, out of the blue generally means poor water quality. Especially if nothing has changed or been added recently. Again, we don't mean to assume, but a lot of us have seen such results in those conditions.
Salt will probably stress your plants. Just pull them and put them in a bucket with new water for a few weeks while your tank is being salted.
Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:50 PM
Typically, when one fish gets it, it spreads to other fish. I know from experience.
I just tested the water and it still seems to be the same. Ammonia is 0, nitrite and nitrate are at 0. I have done two 50% water changes this week.
Some of my other fish seem to be developing white scales
Could it be something else?
My advice, once you see it on a fish, kill it and get it out. Its harsh, but best all around for the system.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 08:22 AM
It's hard to ID a skin infection from a photo, but based on general apearance and location on the body that might be Flexibacter, aka Columnaris, which often attacks after collecting stress or injury. If your tap water is soft (less than 3 dGH or 50 mg/L hardness) I would add some aragonite (crushed coral) gravel in the filter to raise both the GH hardness and KH alkalinity.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 08:53 AM
Could be a number of things, like gerald said, hard to ID based on photo.
I'd still get that salt up regardless, whether that means you take the plants out or risk it. 5 ppt salt, keep up water changes, clean filters, clean substrate...etc.
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