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  1. Exclamation Ancistrus - possible disease?


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    Ancistrus female gone gold.jpg

    Is this normal?

    This golden colour is not visible under the normal lights in the tank. I noticed it when I was shining a torch into the rock crevices (trying to make sure there was nothing trapped during a cleaning).

    So it is only visible under direct white light. I've never seen it before so I'm a little concerned about it.
    Last edited by Richard Peche; 12-24-2013 at 10:48 AM.
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    Isn't it sand or do you've another kind of substrate??
    No Cory, No Glory !!

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    That looks like velvet.
    Here is a picture for reference http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi..._infection.JPG
    And here is Dave66's disease primer which will tell you how to cure it. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=41178
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    That looks like velvet.
    Here is a picture for reference http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi..._infection.JPG
    And here is Dave66's disease primer which will tell you how to cure it. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=41178

    THANK YOU!

    I would definitely say it is velvet from that picture! I have followed the instructions for curing it.
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    Which is? Dipping in salt? I hope the fish will survive that.

    Velvet doesn't only show up in a certain light. If the ancistrus had it this bad it would be clear from the behaviour that something was wrong.

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    I have used a commercial medicine.

    I will never dip a fish into salt as I'm extremely nervous of what seems to be a harsh cure.

    I have currently got stock of "stop ick", "snail kill" and "anti-fungus" medicines. Based on the advice I could find and ask for I was advised to use the snail kill medicine as the active ingredient is copper sulphate.

    I have also kept the tank in complete darkness. If I understood the "primer" article correctly this will make the medicine more effective...

    How would I recognise velvet from the behaviour of the fish?
    Last edited by Richard Peche; 12-25-2013 at 07:02 PM.

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    The condition of your pleco could have been caused by using copper based medications (the snail kill) as copper can have very bad effects on scaleless fish as well

    I would suggest completing a lot of large water changes to remove as much of the copper from the water as possible before treating with any other type of medication. Copper can also react with other medications causing some unpredictable reactions which can get even worse in when your pH is lower than 7 to 7.2.

    The below is quote from a article on this web site

    Copper based medications: Copper based medications are all around bad for invertebrates and scaleless fish species. The possible fluctuation of kH and pH also is a huge worry for most aquarists. Products that use copper sulfate as active ingredients include Coppersafe and General Cure. The increased metal levels in the tank cause an alkalinity swing which in turn could cause lower kH levels allowing pH swings to occur. Fish that are not hardy can suffer from the protozoan as well as the increased stress of level fluctuations. Copper medications are best kept out of tanks with scaleless fish species or invertebrates.
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/dise...kscaleless.php
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    So how do I cure the velvet infection?

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    I've never put that medication in before though.

    Plus, several others in the tank have been infected by velvet.

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    After changing as much of the water as possible to remove the copper, I would use a good quality anti parasite med that will not react to trace amounts of copper. Prazi Pro should work OK for this. Its the only good quality med that I know of that will not react to copper based on my research and a few years of first hand experience.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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