Big White Spot

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Since this board has been up, we have found there are several questions that routinely get asked in order to help diagnose problems. If you can have that information to begin with in your post, we'll be able to help right away (if we can!) without having to wait for you to post the info we need.

1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

3) Feeding, water change schedule and a list of all products you are using or have added to the tank (examples: Cycle, Amquel, salt, etc)

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference.

5) How long the aquarium has been set up, and how did you cycle it? If you don't know what cycling is read this: Fishless Cycling Article and familiarize yourself with all the information. Yes. All of it.

We want to help, and providing this information will go a LONG way to getting a diagnosis and hopeful cure that much faster.

While you wait for assistance:
One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.

Re: Big White Spot

Postby bertie 83 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:28 pm

Or the heater hadn't cooled, I have been burnt more than once in my time
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly
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Re: Big White Spot

Postby Terrance on Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:49 pm

Heater burn is a possibility. Would treatment be the same for heater burn?
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Re: Big White Spot

Postby Nuclear_Glitter on Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:29 am

It may very well be different for scaleless fish, so WAIT for someone else to give input on this. However, when fish with scales get burned the most common treatment is some salt, slightly raised temperature, and something like melafix, and pimafix to avoid fungal infections, and all this is generally done in a QT tank.

Hopefully someone who actually knows can offer you some input though.
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Re: Big White Spot

Postby bertie 83 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:29 pm

Yes add a small amount of salt and melafix to help the skin heal
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly
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Re: Big White Spot

Postby puffykid on Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:29 pm

"by plurmaster
my puffers get heater burn once in a while..usually when i do water change/vaccum they will hide under the heater. The burn mark usually appears on top of their head which turns white."

common table salt

1 tbsp/10g fw
1 M. Turgidus - 29 gallon
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