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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:32 pm Post subject: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 Hi,
   Â   Â   Â I  noticed  some  black  patches  on  the  fin,  head  and  back  on  my  bichardies.  Some  where  it's  just  a  dot  and  some  where  it's  looking  like  a  patch.  Is  it  some  kind  of  disease  (Itch?)  or  it's  normal  when  they  are  getting  matured.  Please  comment.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:44 am Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 
 
 Sorry  for  the  poor  quality  image.  I  clicked  them  in  hurry  and  the  buggers  were  not  in  a  mood  to  pose  for  a  photo.  Smile
 
 But  still  you  can  see  the  spots  on  fins  and  arround  head.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:13 am Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 Does  not  look  very  serious.  Hope  it  is  eating  well  and  not  trying  to  scratch  its  body  on  the  rock  or  gravel.  Is  this  a  dominant  male?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:46 am Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 If  there  is  no  abnormal  behavior  form  him,  need  not  to  worry.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:51 am Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 Hi  Tirtha,
 Seems  like  a  "Melanophore  Migration"  which  is  common  in  Goldfish  &  Koi  but  not  very  sure  if  it  applies  to  Brichardi  also.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:23 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

                                                   
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Does  not  look  very  serious.  Hope  it  is  eating  well  and  not  trying  to  scratch  its  body  on  the  rock  or  gravel.  Is  this  a  dominant  male?                

 
 They  are  eating  well.  As  of  now  I  stopped  all  other  foods  and  feeding  NLS  cichlids  only.  They  seems  to  be  happy  with  NLS.  
 
 Scratching  body  on  Rock  is  very  rare.  I  saw  them  doing  this  hardly.
 
 He  is  one  of  the  dominant  male.  I  have  this  size  male  2  more.  But  the  small  size  (Females??)  seems  to  be  much  aggressive  than  them.
 
 Babu,  thanks  for  the  term.  If  it  happenes  due  to  low  Temp  or  low  pH  then  I  can't  disagree.  My  tank  Temp  was  arround  25  degree  for  last  on  month  and  pH  was  arround  7.5.  I  have  put  on  the  heater  3  days  back  and  spiked  up  pH  to  8.5  also  with  a  huge  water  change.  Lets  see  if  it  helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:41 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 I  noticed  these  in  some  of  my  fishes  and  could  never  figure  out,  until  one  day,  when  I  was  cleaning  the  tank  and  one  of  the  bog  wood  gave  this  color  to  my  hand.  Not  sure  in  your  case.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 If  it  really  worries  you,  put  in  good  dose  of  rock  salt.  Should  take  care  of  most  minor  irritations.  I  however  don't  see  a  cause  for  worry  and  wouldn't  suggest  drastic  changes  to  pH.  Causes  more  harm  than  good.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:45 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 No....  Thats  not  my  case.  Cause  there  is  no  bog  wood.  And  the  patches  are  due  to  some  internal  reason.  But  still  thinking  about  the  point  Babu  mentioned  above.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:49 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

                                                   
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If  it  really  worries  you,  put  in  good  dose  of  rock  salt.  Should  take  care  of  most  minor  irritations.  I  however  don't  see  a  cause  for  worry  and  wouldn't  suggest  drastic  changes  to  pH.  Causes  more  harm  than  good.                

 
 Thanks  Suraj  for  the  reply.  I  have  raised  the  pH  over  3  days  time  gradually.  Can  you  tell  me  how  much  Rock  Salt  should  I  add  in  100G  water?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:59 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 you  can  add  common  salt  instead.  BTW,  lake  tang  fishes  require  small  doses  of  iodine....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:05 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 Dear  Tirthankar
 Babu's  observation  is  right,  .  Its  a  temporary  phenomenon,  so  don't  worry.  I  think  the  Alpha  male  is  not  showing  the  same  patches?
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Can  you  tell  me  how  much  Rock  Salt  should  I  add  in  100G  water?                

 Usually  you  would  need  to  maintain  minimum  of  0.3%  salinity(3gms/lt)  when  treating  with  salt  and  maintain  same  concentration  for  10-12days.In  your  case  you  would  roughly  need  1.2kgs  of  rock  salt.
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Dear  Tirthankar
 Babu's  observation  is  right,  .  Its  a  temporary  phenomenon,  so  don't  worry.  I  think  the  Alpha  male  is  not  showing  the  same  patches?
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 The  patch  on  all  the  Bichardies.  But  surprisingly  not  on  Julies.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:27 pm Post subject: Re: Black Patches On Bichardi Reply with quote

 Dear  Tirthankar
 Please  check  the  ammonia  and  low  pH  level.If  OK  then  may  be  bacterial  infection  or  other  problems(Flukes,  ICH),  and  further  diagnosis  is  needed.  
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