Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:42 am Post subject: Black Spot on Parrots
I have couple of Red Parrots about 4 inches. I suddenly noticed some black spots on one of the parrots forehead and it soon spread to its fins and mouth also. The same happened to the other parrot also.
I was told that it might be due to the salt factor in the water and only parrots are affected by this. Is there any medicine for this? I did change the water but the parrot fish still has the black spots all over the body.
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:45 am Post subject: Re: Black Spot on Parrots
I have clowns suffering from the same problem and I have not been able to isolate the cause, I do have a few theories though on what could have caused it. I was wondering if you have a picture you can post of your parrots. If it is black ich, then you neednt worry, it will pass.
I dont think salt has anything to do with it. Can you provide your PH reading? The PH in my tank was pretty low (4.5) and I think that may have caused the problem. I suspect it dropped because of wood that I added to the tank.
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:27 pm Post subject: Re: Black Spot on Parrots
The black discoloration on the skin of the parrot fish is a well known factor, as the irregular trigger of melanophores in the hybrid fish dermis cells.
There are more pigements responsible for fish color in natural.
Erythrophores - red coloration
Xanthophores - yellow pigment
Iridophores - works on lights reflection , even as blue color, metalic color on light refraction and reflaction.
Melanophores (Melanin) Black & brown coloration.
So what is the cause of sudden melanophores production in parrot fish..?
The parrot fish system itself contain a non-specific immune response , which act on heavy metal pollution, sudden change in water chemistry parameters , very high or low temparatures, and unusual chemical remedies applications hence that will trigger the melanphores production that reflect on the fish body colors..
How to rectify this problem..?
Correct all above parameters in your tank and wait for the reverse process in the fish dermis cells. Otherwise the fish itself get rectified and you no need to worry about it.. but you may have to wait for weeks or month together.
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:03 pm Post subject: Re: Black Spot on Parrots
Thanks for sharing your views. I have a 150 ltrs tank. It has been 3 months since these black spots appeared and seems it would not go away. As Chriss has mentioned let me give the parrots more time and see if the problem vanishes.
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:17 pm Post subject: Re: Black Spot on Parrots
Thanks and appreciate your time for answering my query. It has been around 2 months since these black spots were visible in the parrots ( I have four parrots - 2 orange and 2 red in a 150 ltrs tank). My concern is it is spreading fast to all parrots though it seems the parrots themselves are not much bothered about it as they are active as usual.
I am in Chennai and the water quality is not too good over here especially with too much chlorine in tap water. I usually fill the tank with water taken out from AQUAGUARD. Is it ok to do this? Since these black spots appeared I change water in the tank (75%) twice a week.
Is there anything I should do to maintain the Ph factor in the water? Can I add Multi-zeolite which usually absorbs toxic substances in the water or is it better to add super active carbon which would filter the water?
Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:19 pm Post subject: Re: Black Spot on Parrots
You may do the following,
Check for the pH, GH, and Iron and temperature and make sure their range as follows
pH - 6.5 - 7.4
GH - 100- 200 PPM (Parts Per Million)
Iron - <0.2 ppm
Temp - 26 - 28 degree celcius,
But doing above all is practicaly difficult, i just want to explain how it can be a reason.
But there is another remedy which i have experienced by myself, but for that there is no scientific proof so far,
Just keep your fish in cement tank with little direct sunlight every day with in few day you can see the difference ....
Zeolite cant help in this case but carbon can improve the situation but not on your fish color...
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