Sick Oscar, Fungus?

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toom wrote: This looks like nitrate pimples that can also be caused by an constant switching of the conductivity of your water. Do you use an kind of conditionor on acid basis or something like that to improve water parameters?


Have no idea what you mean by: "constant switching of the conductivity of your water" , could you explain that to me?

As to water conditioner, I use Seachem SAFE (powdered form of Prime)

My water change routine is as follows: every day at least ten gallons is removed due to the fact I hate the fish poo on the top of the sand. Also two 50%+ with gravel vac are performed during the week. Safe is used each time to treat the entire tank contents.
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Sick Oscar, Fungus?

That is strange for sure. Havent had a chance to read back through the entire thread but I hope you do get it figured out soon. Normal behaviour is of course the best sign of health but it may be taking its toll slowly. Such a nice looking O.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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About the only course I have not treated for thoroughly has been parasite which I am going to eliminate with the Parasite Guard and a dose of copper.

Still interested in what "nitrate pimples" are....
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Sick Oscar, Fungus?

DMD123 wrote: About the only course I have not treated for thoroughly has been parasite which I am going to eliminate with the Parasite Guard and a dose of copper.

Still interested in what "nitrate pimples" are....


I doubt that is what Chunk has. It would mean that your tank is high in nitrates and the skin of your fish is reacting by producing such "pimples", but clearly that is not what is going on. He doesn't know you and how fastidious you are about your tanks and maintenance. I on the other hand know all too well. :lol:
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Poseidon2.0 wrote: He doesn't know you and how fastidious you are about your tanks and maintenance. I on the other hand know all too well. :lol:

Us OCD guys know all too well... ;)
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toom replied the topic: Sick Oscar, Fungus?







This are nitrate pimples. They are caused by nitrate or by the water changing effect of the electical conductance measured in Microsimens on your water.

Well its hard to explain for me with limited english. You know that Nitrate is a kind of salt?

For your Oscar, very nice like i said already in the different Forum but don't see this an an insult but for me he looks a bit to well feeded :)
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Lammergeier replied the topic: Sick Oscar, Fungus?

It's almost a shame we can't point the finger at your water parameters David. That'd be such an easy fix if it were the case :pinch:

Edit: Toom, DMD is one of the most experience members here, of course he knows what nitrate is.

I think what he's getting at DMD is that if the TDS readings of your water fluctuated a lot between water changes that it could cause white pimple looking things.
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Lammergeier wrote: I think what he's getting at DMD is that if the TDS readings of your water fluctuated a lot between water changes that it could cause white pimple looking things.

okay now I understand.
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DMD123 replied the topic: Sick Oscar, Fungus?

Not trying to be a smart a** but this has progressively been getting worse with one small patch and then increasing a bit more. With some of these treatments I have been following the instructions on product that include a 25% water change daily. Seems like nitrates would not be a problem with that kind of water change situation going on for a period of almost two months now. Not claiming to be perfect by any means but this one fish in this one tank is the only issue. Two other tanks running that have no issues.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Sick Oscar, Fungus?

Now that I've seen the pictures of the entire fish, it sure does look like ick or velvet. I had thought it was localized and wasn't spreading which made me think that neither of these were a possibilty. By the way, has it spread? I remember your saying that it started on one side.

If it's ick, have you used anything that would have definitely cured it? When giving instructions to cure ick, I've been suggesting using 3 tablespoons of aquarium salt per 5 gallons of water with temperature set at 86ºF. They should start falling off within a few days with that treatment if it's ick.

If it's velvet, the mardel coppersafe would be the treatment of choice. Some claim salt is effective against velvet, but I think it should be used in addition to copper. Had I known, I would have USPS Priority mailed a bottle to you a couple days ago, but I thought you had some.

In any case, good luck with the treatment.

@Toom - by electrical conductance are you referring to redox potential or something related to it? www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Redox_Potential.html
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