Lymphocystis

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  1. saaid

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    Good day people of the south;)

    I'm curious, earlier today I went home to meet a fellow reefer and he pointed out something on my Fox face.

    Done some research and found it to be Lymphocystis.

    Now this fish looked perfectly healthy until this afternoon of course.

    Theory behind it from what I've read is related to water conditions, open wounds and stress but obviously this disease is only prone to certain species and the rabbit fish being one of them.

    I can only assume that this was caused from stress and being a fox face I can understand why.

    The only stress I know of is Eskom :m85: The past week we have been off everyday twice or thrice a day. I only use the generator when I am at home. The constant on/off causes it to duck/dive and freeze all the time:lol:

    Can it be?
     
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    Lymphocystis is a viral infection and is contagious. It will affect all fish but some fish are more resistant to the virus.

    IME the best treatment is to scrape the cysts off the fish fin or gill and treat the scraping with Mercurochrome. Some advice is to use Gentian violet as Mercurochrome is supposedly toxic.

    A pic of the fish would help confirm your ID.
     
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    That Mercurochrome brings back memories:m85: new tony hawk skateboard/reeboks/ and casey jones tshirt/track pants + downhill + young dumb = orange knees & elbows :lol: will never forget it:biggrin:

    Anyways enough of that,see attached pic. White mass?

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    The fins on that fish look quite bad. There may also be a bacterial infection setting in. I would treat the affected fins with Gentian violet.
     
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    Is the fish eating? Don't scrape off cysts, that will lead to more stress and secondary infection. You can't treat it, just ley it run its course. Fish really only die if it enters their organs via the gills, but this is only in extreme cases.
     
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    saaid Thread Starter

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    Hmmm....now I'm confused

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    Angels get it easily from a too high doses of copper treatment as well , we have always left it to go away on its own , as you cant treat a viral infection , it doesnt kill them , but treat for the secondary infection with some parraguard .
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    I added some Seachem Prime and a healthy mixture of Microbelift Food Enhancer yesterday evening.

    Now today i see nothing on the fish?
     
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    cool , it fell off very soon then , we at times waited 3 weeks to 2 months depending on the fish.

    But ill try what you did in future ... just in-case :)
     
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    Lol i rememered something about slime coat regarding Prime. I only use it for my RO water,but hey it was worth a try i guess. If it done the job or not,will see in a few days.
     
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    Don't go crazy with the additives. It will be fine. Varied diet, some vitamins and it will be fine.
     
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    No nothing serious,call it a once off tester ;)

    The Food Enhancer i use on Sunday's only with nori but mixed it frozen/dried food and vitamins/amino acids this time so the house was smelling lovely.
     
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