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 Post subject: Help! Can anyone identify this problem?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:37 am 
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I know this isnt a vic but he is in my vic tank this is a Petrocephalus bovei bovei and i dont know whats wrong with him, my vics dont show any issues just him, i havent changed anything in my tank but he looks like this. he almost looks like he is shedding, there is little peices of w/e hanging off him. i have treated the tank for ick because it looked similar in the beginning.

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I think it looks to be a paricitic worm or nemotoad, check by googleing it! Did you fully Qureintine it?

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 Post subject: Re: Help! Can anyone identify this problem?
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Or It could be scraching against the rocks, try to see if any behavior is abnormal. It could also be fungus, google it!

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its quarantined now, and i treied googling it, and i thought he may be sratching against the lava rock but he is floating near the top of the tank now

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Elephant nose type fish are very sensitive, especially to medications. I would probably do salt and warm water instead. I think a water change is probably needed right now. You may have already lost him I am sorry to say, but here is a site that knows more than I http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Oddball,%20 ... 0Nose..htm I never had luck with these fish, but would like to try again some day. Also they prefer soft water.. if you are keeping them in hard water this may be stressing him.

I really hope you can save him. Ich won't kill him too fast. Medication can =/


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he isnt an elephant nose exactly he doesnt have the nose his face is rounded, but he looks the same, i have had him in this tank for almost a yr and he has been fine, i put in the meds only when i noticed this problem. but i will try salting the tank and warming the water

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Do the water change first. I really think it's best to get that medication out. I just mean elephant in a broad sense for those types of fish. They all seem to have similar needs. I really love these fish. Highly intellegent.


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here is a quote from that page "Disease: Elephant noses that catch “ich” will probably die – not from the disease, but from the medication. Use any cure with them very carefully. The Malachite Green in most ich cures will kill them. Malachite harms most “scaleless” fishes."


That's why I may seem a bit pushy.. just want to help though man. Good luck !


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i have moved him to my back up tank with some tetras the tetra tank has been running for about 8mths and has the exact same water conditions as the big tank. i wont bring him back untill he is better, and i have raised the temp i will get some aquarium salt tomorrow when stores are open again

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and i only did a half treatment for ich because i know they are sensitive.

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I was presuming salt would be ok, but I got to thinking and did a little checking.. Don't use salt. Here is a great link that should help you greatly!!!!

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Freshwater-A ... Nose-1.htm



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thanx that page is really informative

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keep us updated for better or worse we've gotta know how this turns out.


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will do

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It looks to me like someone beat him up..... If thats the case wound ease or stress coat is what I would use, not sure what safe for that fish though......

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