DP Face going black

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DP Face going black

Post by kei » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:54 am

I've had my DPs coming on three years now. Feeding them tonight I noticed a huge dark splotch on the female's face; her eye on that side is a little sunken in. I also noticed her belly is a bit sunken, but she was having trouble eating so I don't know if she's beginning to starve. She'd go to eat a bloodworm and promptly spit it back up. I tried taking her out of the tank and feeding her a snail to see if it was a tooth problem, but she wasn't interested.

On Thurs we did have guys in installing new windows for 7ish hours, so lots of noise in my room and mastik/filler. I'm wondering if that has something to with it, as I'd not noticed it before today. The only other thing I can think is a fungus, so for now I've dosed the tank with the pimafix.

Parameters are ammonia 0ppm, nitrites 0ppm, nitrates 0ppm, ph 7.2 and temp at 26C. Did a water change last night. The tank itself is 40L, live planted and filtered with a mix of ceramic and a marina bio-carb cartridge. There are two other puffers in the tank.

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Re: DP Face going black

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:32 am

Is there any way you might have introduces IPs to the tank? If still eating, I'd try treating for that, since he's so thin.
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