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    No its completely flat. Obvious looking in certain light, but impossible to see when he turns and the light hits it differently.

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    I didn't want to diagnose this as columnaris, because that's a pretty serious disease, but the white formation looks similar to the description. Otherwise, I can tell you that he looks stressed. He's not sporting his usual colors, as they're quite faded. Something in that tank is likely stressing him out, which is probably making him susceptible to disease (unless it's the disease, itself, that's stressing him out).

    Was his coloring much more vibrant before and can you post the other params of your tank?

    Slap asked this before, but what are your pH and GH values for this tank? Also, what's the temp of the water?
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    Also do you know if the fish is wild caught?

    As far as salt start at 1 tbsp/10 gal... i would go as high as 3tbsp per 10 gal after time. I have found personally that a small ammount of salt is all that is usually needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandz View Post
    Also do you know if the fish is wild caught?

    As far as salt start at 1 tbsp/10 gal... i would go as high as 3tbsp per 10 gal after time. I have found personally that a small ammount of salt is all that is usually needed.
    And that would certainly be a cheap and easy way to start treatment...will plain table salt work?
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    Sigh. He was not particularly colorful when we got him, but in the month or so we've had him he started to show more and more colors. The loss of color was sudden and just started yesterday morning, when his behavior changed and the patch appeared. I didn't test GH myself, but when I originally looked online GH for my area water is 6-8. My API test pH is 7.4. Temp is 78.

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    Temp is fine, but your GH & pH are a little on the high side (of what they like). They typically like more acidic and softer water, but yours isn't bad. 6-8 is relatively soft.

    For reference purposes, this is what your Apisto should look like: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...mma-agassizii/

    Has it ever looked like that?
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    Yes he started to look very similar to the top one pictured, although he never really showed off his dorsal fin much. I was told not to mess with the pH as I would likely do more harm, and the fish would adapt to what I had.

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    And that would certainly be a cheap and easy way to start treatment...will plain table salt work?
    Almost any Sodium Chloride works. I prefer doing rock salt.

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    If it is columnaris, I would quarantine him. Prior to quarantine, put him in a methylene blue bath at 1ML per gallon for 30 minutes. Then you need to drop the temperature or the quarantine tank to the low 70s to slow its progression. The salt will also slow down the progression. I would then start using Jungle Fungus guard or Furan-2 in the quarantine tank. Either one can be combine with Seachem Kanaplex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2ogirl View Post
    Yes he started to look very similar to the top one pictured, although he never really showed off his dorsal fin much. I was told not to mess with the pH as I would likely do more harm, and the fish would adapt to what I had.
    That's right. Aquarists should try to deal with the pH/GH they have. Messing around with these values can lead to pH crashes and osmotic shock.

    I asked that question to see if he adapted to your water ok. Seems to me that he did, so it's likely he's faded now, because of the illness. Just wanted to be sure it's not something to do with your water.
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