Oto with white spots and eroded tail
Hi guys. Would you mind helping me figure out what to do with one of my otos? He is clearly not doing well.
First, tank and maint info:
Tank size: 55g
Occupants: 4 boseman rainbows, 8 black skirt tetras, 2 guppies, 4 otos (down from seven as of Sept. 2012)
Temp: 78F steady
Params: 0,0, approx 20
WCs: >50% every 5 days
Planted: Yes, moderately
Otos have cucumber to eat most of the time. They love to eat cuke, but do not eat much algae. 3 of 4 otos look OK, all other tankmates OK.
Second, symptoms: I have noticed that his tail has been rough looking for a couple of weeks, watched it carefully. He's skinny but still eating. Today I see him with many white spots on his lower body and his tail is eroded to almost nothing.
So, what could this be, and what should I do? I have very little experience with illnesses (except gill flukes and wow that's bad). Is it ich? I have read that I should up the temp of the tank to 83F or so. Should I do that in quarantine? I was wondering if quarantine would be a good idea since it would stress him out so much. The last oto I quarantined was very stressed by the experience.
Thanks for your help. I'm sorry if I sound stupid, I probably am stupid about this sort of thing. I've been lucky for the most part, and so I have no clue how to treat this.
1 - 55 gallon planted community
3 - 10 to 20 gallon planted betta tanks
My advice: slow down, think, and be willing to learn. Then you'll be fine, no matter what.