iridescent has white spots on his head and a few on his body he also has a ...

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3 years ago #1
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iridescent has white spots on his head and a few on his body
he also has a red bruise like marking on his nose
what could this be?
what should i do?

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3 years ago #2
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Could you post a pic? Along with your parameters, tank size and tank mates please?

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3 years ago #3
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he is way too fast for a pic
hes 4 inches and i was housing him in a 20 g for a couple of weeks
he was two honey gouramis with him
26 C 0 ammonia nitrates 40 nitrites

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3 years ago #4
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he is way too fast for a pic
hes 4 inches and i was housing him in a 20 g for a couple of weeks
he was two honey gouramis with him
26 C 0 ammonia nitrates 40 nitrites
i have him in a separate tank now
wid some aquarium salt and mr blue solution

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3 years ago #5
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what kind of fish is he? and in what size tank do you have him in?

26 C 0 ammonia nitrates 40 nitrites
is that in the current tank you have him in? I'm confused with your readings you have 0 ammonia and nitrates? and 40 nitrites? or is that 40 nitrates and no nitrite reading? readings should be ammonia and nitrites at 0 and nitrates at 20. if nitrite or nitrite is at 40 you should do an immediate 50% water change and 3 hours later another 50% water change. How much salt are you putting in?
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3 years ago #6
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I was going to answer this, but hesitated. I think it's a Shark. I was going to suggest he put the fish back in his tank and treat the whole tank, as he has separated the shark!

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3 years ago #7
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its an iridescent shark.
heres the pic there are white spots and a bruise(?) i think.
nitrites and ammonia in the tank he was in is zero and nitrates 40.
i havent checked the tank i put him in.
i added a tablespoon for every 4 gallon.
what should i do guys
help plzzz.
also in the past few days he has been swimming around a while and then sitting little sitting still for a while then swims again and takes his break
but the breaks seem far too often
help me people.

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3 years ago #8
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He has a case of ich.

The best way to get rid of ich with these type of fish is to increase the heat to 86ºF.

Do a 50% water change before treatment.
Increase the heat to 86º.
Continue to do 25% once a week.
Treat for 2 weeks after all spots disappear.
Do a 50% water change after treatment.

As for the bruises, these types of snout injuries are VERY common for ID sharks. It is indicative of an aquarium that is too small for the fish. These fish get extremely large, think 36", and need a very large aquarium. In a small environment, he is going to continue to get ich and to scar his nose.

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3 years ago #9
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is that a very serious attack?
and is the resting due to the ich also?

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3 years ago #10
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a tablespoon for 4 gallons is a bit much. did you "dump" the salt in all at once? you need to add salt predissolved in conditioned water before adding to tank and you need to add it gradually over a 24 hour period. I wouldn't add any more, in fact I would change 50% water immediately to dilute the salinity. when I had to salt my ten gallon I used 1 teaspoon, up to 3 for the entire tank. and then I started replacing my water with fresh conditioned water...no salt.

getting him in a larger tank will help a lot. resting is a sign that he is sick but not a symptom of ick.

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3 years ago #11
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Looks like a moderate case of ich. If you try the heat method, the ich will appear worse before it starts to fall off. When it looks like all the ich is off the fish, this is when you need to do a 50% water change and vacuum the gravel.

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3 years ago #12
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Iridescent shark often get bruised nose, and are almost always blind by the time they are a year old from rubbing against the sides of a tank that is too small. Your fish has for sure, and they are scaleless so you can't use meds or it will kill it. You need to treat by raising the temperature to above 85F for a month. You also need a larger aquarium for this fish. There is a person on eBay that has a few tanks over 1000 gallons for sale which will be needed for this fish as they grow to 4 feet long. Here is their listings, scroll down to see all the tanks they have available;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/525-Gallon-Acrylic-Aquarium-/200999060070?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ecc7a4266

If 1000 gallon + tank isn't your thing, this fish will need a pond of a few thousand gallons otherwise ich is the least of your problems. You can cure ich, but unless you get a big tank this fish will die of organ failure, they grow fast and grow big (Again, 4 feet) so you need to have a huge tank, or better yet, a pond for these fish, otherwise growth will be stunted. In a fish that grows this large, stunted growth will certainly kill it.

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1 year ago #13
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That's what I'm doing Im treating my tank now BC now Ik what the yellow spots or white spots are I have my heater on in my tank

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