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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:27 am 
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Well I have good news and bad news.

I've been battling disease. It looks sort of like ick because it is white but it is huge and kind of "wavy" in the moving water. For what ever reason it seems to like to attack the center of the eyeball first then move onto the body and fins. I've seen it before and it usually means death to the whole tank in 48 hours. It also happens only in February or March ..... always a couple days after a water change (and I age my water a week in a spare tank). I've always wondered if the (city) water is the culprit. The omnicaeruleus that dre sent me were all laying on the bottom not eating. I've learned that Rid-Ick is the one and only cure so I dosed immediately. I had 3M:9F and lost 1M:3F but in two days they are swimming around like nothing ever happened. (<= That's the only good news)

Unfortunately it also attacked the Neochromis rufocauldalis I got from Big Jim. It wiped out every fish except for two females. But I do have a bunch of rufo's growing out from a previous spawn.

This is the fourth time I've seen this thing in the last 10 years and the second time I've battled it successfully. I'm just glad it was only two tanks this time.

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 Post subject: Re: Disease
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Good thing ya knew what to do . losses always suck !

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Sorry to hear this. I'm glad you were able to save the ones you did.

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It does not sound very familiar to me. it sounds like a parasite to me. Attacking the eye first is also weird. Not really sure if that is happening or it just gets bigger form the lack of slime coat protection.

Rid ick has formalin and malachite green, both of which attack parasite pretty well. The concentration is pretty low, compared to quick cure.

Sorry to hear about your losses but it sounds like you reacted quickly and decisively.

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Probably you rigth about the city water for the time is found (Feb/Mar) I think is a parasite but no 100% sure. never see what you describe like a disease just in case add some medication in you spare tanks too or use a UV Sterilizer lose fish are bad news allways
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Anyone ever see something like this?

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This is from several years ago, but it's the same thing.

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Looks like ick on steroids.

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next time try to scrape some off and put it under a microscope. there are a few sites that can help you get an id. that would help determine the culprit. it does look like a parasite, maybe some sort of worm but not sure.

or you can back track to see what parasites are susceptible to formalin(most) and malachite green( most again), huh maybe that will give you to many options. i surely hope it is not the city water!

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Looks like creepy crud for lack of a better word.

I saw a TV series on how bad the water systems of America have gotten not too long ago and It's pretty horrific. Sewage and water systems are not a very exciting topic for most people, so politicians tend to just ignore them till something bad happens, or just add more chemicals. but they need some serious attention before more cities have situations like what happened in Philadelphia awhile back where the elderly and aids patients started dying from a parasite.


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