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July 27, 2008
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niko
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I saw my angelfish and cory flashing or flicking onto some rocks this morning. What worries me is that the Discus might be infected as well. I raised the temperature to 30 degrees. I will do a 30% water change and see what would happen. Nothing is visible on the skin...so not sure what it might be.

July 27, 2008
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Hey Niko. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Have you changed anything in the tank recently i.e. added new stock, plants, tried new foods, products etc.?

Cake or death?
July 27, 2008
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did you check water parameters?

July 27, 2008
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Since cory's are armour plated, do they get ick etc? Sounds like water conditions to me. I'd add some Prime just to be sure

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Jul 27 2008, 07:07 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
did you check water parameters?

Nothing different...no new additions. I do a 25% water change every 4 to 7 days. The only thing that I might think of is heat. Lately, temperatures were around 33 degrees and water was in the region of 31. But for some days, temperature decreased to 27 and varying in the day. This might have triggered something. So, now I switched on the heater back again which is at 30 degrees.

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Reva @ Jul 27 2008, 08:31 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Since cory's are armour plated, do they get ick etc? Sounds like water conditions to me. I'd add some Prime just to be sure

Corydoras will still suffer from white spot, unfortunately.../sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

July 27, 2008
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I was under the impression that whitespot was killed at temperatures above 31C?

If your water quality is good, then I'd keep a very close eye on the fish before adding treatment. How regularly are they "flashing"?

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Jarcave @ Jul 27 2008, 08:13 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was under the impression that whitespot was killed at temperatures above 31C?

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the temp had to be constantly above 31c for a prolonged amount of time (10+ days) in order to completely kill whitespot. Never experienced it so just going off what I've read /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Little Lamb @ Jul 27 2008, 10:37 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the temp had to be constantly above 31c for a prolonged amount of time (10+ days) in order to completely kill whitespot. Never experienced it so just going off what I've read /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

some people say its 5days, but most say its 7-10days, never used it myself

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Little Lamb @ Jul 27 2008, 10:37 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the temp had to be constantly above 31c for a prolonged amount of time (10+ days) in order to completely kill whitespot. Never experienced it so just going off what I've read /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

Temperature rise causes the cycle to go faster and makes treatment much more effective. Some add salt but this treatment may not be recommendable for all fish especially Discus and corydoras. Frequent water changes with gravel siphoning helps to remove eggs and other free swimming stage of the white spot.

As to flashing, it is not done very often...

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Little Lamb @ Jul 27 2008, 09:37 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the temp had to be constantly above 31c for a prolonged amount of time (10+ days) in order to completely kill whitespot. Never experienced it so just going off what I've read /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

Yes it's not killed instantly. I'm not sure you need a full 10 days though? I've used this method and have left the temperatures high for two or three days after all signs of whitespot had gone until steadily reducing it back to normal. I would recomend the use of a decent medication as well though. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> AND the addition of extra aeration via a venturi or airstone with the high temperatures.

July 27, 2008
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niko, when you do your water changes do you disturb your substrate as youve said there's nothing showing on your fish as yet,
it could be a bacterial buildup in your gravel/sand.

mick

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