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  1. #1

    Default I think it's Hole in the Head


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    I have been observing my Firemouth for the past week now, I did not want to post this before I was pretty sure. It started with what looked like one dislodged scale right on the head between the eyes, this has now persistently spread across the head, I have read up on this and have found it can be due to lack of varied diet, poor water quality, or due to hexitima?

    It cannot be the diet, my tanks recieve flake, cichlid pellets, bloodworm, tubifex, brineshrimp, daphnia, courgette (zuchinni for the americans), cucumber, rotifers, krill, sinking algae wafers, sinking shrimp tablets . . . I am hyper about varied diets.

    Tank has more than enough filtration and tank is well matured. I do 75-80% weekly water changes. And the occupants are a pair of kribs, 4inch pleco, cories, danios, and the firemouth, so not overstocked for a 42 gallon. My firemouth is around 3inches the now.

    So what can I improve, change, or do to stop this? I would provide a picture but I havent had time to ge one due to exams. Will post one when I can. Until then here is a picture taken a month ago when he/she was healthy. Apart from this HOTH the fish iss in tip top condition.



    Thanks
    Last edited by ScottishFish; 05-03-2012 at 11:31 AM.
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Default


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    Well if it's not poor water quality or bad diet it could very well be hex. Do you have a QT to put the fish in? This thread may help you:
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=73580
    If it's called tourist season why can't I shoot them?
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?


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    Thanks for the helpfull link mommy1, I unfortunately do not have a QT tank, not due to me not wanting one, I do know the extreme benefits of one, but mum and dad won't allow for a third tank, simple no
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

  4. #4

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    is it getting picked on in any way? by the kribs maybe? stress can help it develop aswell. I would try smaller more frequent water changes. like 40% 2x per week. hope we can help this remedy itself. HITH is one of those diseases with alot of different theories, but still a big gray area when it comes to understanding it fully. diet and water quality definitely seem to be the leading causes. HITH usually happens in bigger fish when they start outgrowing their tanks. you seem to have an odd case here as far as the usual suspects for HITH go.
    Last edited by Crispy; 05-03-2012 at 12:21 PM.

  5. #5

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    Not even a cheap 5gal? I got one used - doesn't take up much space and doesn't need a stand - can be stored somewhere until needed.

    I am talking about a QT here : )

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    Thanks Crispy, I can try that out to see if it helps. I do have a pair of kribs, but they generally stay away from eachother, sometimes have a stand off which involves the firemouth flaring his gills then running away, kinda funny to watch, no harm ever comes to any of the fish though.

    Andrea, I have tried countless times on trying to get one, I even bought a tank without them knowing, when they found out . . . . lets just say I sold that one on
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

  7. #7

    Default Update


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    Well I have been doing water changes every other day to try and combat this HITH, thankfully they have paid off

    I also added some rosy barbs amd they are acting as great dither fish for the kribs to chase off. I feel having them in midwater instead of the danios in the top level has given my firemouth more confidence. So all is now well in the tank.

    Thanks everyone for your help

    ScottishFish
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    for the fun game! - SeaLady Thank you very very much!! - Compass Love the games. Thank you :) - rebecca_finny TGIF! - showmebutterfly Thanks for your help & points. - metweezer 
    Nice to see you around again. enjoy the pie - fishmommie Thanks! :) I try! - Compass Happy Christmas! - Slaphppy7 Thanks so much for everything. - metweezer Thanks for the rep friend :) - Compass 

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    Always good to hear about a happy turn of events, glad this all worked out.
    If it's called tourist season why can't I shoot them?
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?


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    Yay! Glad to hear of a good outcome!

  10. #10

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    Thanks guys, I was worried about him, I will keep up the extra PWC for a while just to make sure it doesn't re-occur
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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