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  1. #1

    Default Is this ICH or am I just paranoid?

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    OK, so I’ve read the above-linked (sticky) articles regarding ICH. When I noticed these tiny white spots (3 in total) on one of my new Platys I of course freaked out and started researching/reading like mad.

    I started gradually increasing the temp, utilizing the heat-kill method taught here. (Gradual increase to temp of 87° F; held this steadily for 4 days)

    Shouldn't there be other symptoms too though? I don't think any of those that I read about were/are being exhibited by my fish. So now I’m wondering if this is simply his coloration and I am fretting for no reason. The white spots have not moved (nor fallen off) or increased. He does not rub on things.

    The fish in question seems happy and eats well. I will say he is the most aggressive of the 3 male Platys and he chases the other two about a whole lot – not sure if that is any sort of indication of a problem though. Please advise me if you think it may be.

    I will attach a photo of one of his white spots. The other two are on the opposite side of him. (and dang it is difficult to get an in-focus photo of this little guy!) Please weigh in with your thoughts?

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    I know they're hard to get, but pics are very important in this case
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    I doubt it. You'd probably see more specks than that and he'd probably be flashing.
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    I don't even see anything...maybe 1 little spot near the tail?
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    I'd also vote for the probably not. Its hard to tell from the pic tho - it could be that its just air microbubbles on him - you seem to have a lot in your tank. I've had microbubbles on my marine fish before and had a minor coronary over it before I realised what it was.

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    It is hard to tell from the picture, but if it is smaller than a salt grain with the matte white color and texture of a cotton ball in miniature, I would undergo preventative treatment, especially since they are platies and likely wouldn't mind high temperatures. if it is shiny and spherical, large and/or irregularly shaped, then it likely is something else.

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    Thank you so much for your responses! I too am now thinking this is not ICH. I did treat (with the elevated temperature method) for several days. I went back and checked my log, it was kept at 86°F for 6 days.

    The extra bubbles are due to me setting the filter's output to the 'maximum oxygenation' setting, due to the higher temperature. @ sheamurai ~ Do you mean microbubbles could get under their skin? (yikes) or are you saying it could just be on the surface of a fish and then captured in a photo? This white spot is definitely attached or a part of him. I really am thinking now (after reading the opinions here, especially) that it is simply a part of his natural coloration.

    @ madagascariensis ~ It is larger than a grain of salt, I think. Not matte and it is smooth. It is no irregular shaped though.

    Thanks for easing my mind, everyone!

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    No, they don't get under the skin, they just stick to them on the outside. Perhaps you've noticed microbubbles on the inside of the tank after cleaning? I guess the fish swim through them and somehow the surface tension gets them to stick on the fish.
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    ^ ah, yes. Thank you for your elaboration. I do have lots of those micro bubbles. They form on my driftwood mostly.

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