Urgent help needed Powder Blue

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  1. Marine1

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    Hi all

    I have a powder blue and this morning I was checking the tank etc and saw him acting in a perculiar manner, looking at his body I saw lumpy marks and with closer inspection ( looks like pimples, white heads ) , I have removed him and placed him under QT, 3 hours later it looks like the "pimples" are opening up.

    The photo isnt very clear as he doesnt give me a chance to take a better pic, but i have outlined them on the photo.

    Is it white spot or a parasite?

    Thanks in advance



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  3. Annoying

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    White spot, on powder blues it'sa almost always white spot
     
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    opening up? as in blisters popping? That doesnt sound like white spot...also they look quite big dont u think?
     
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    Thanks but its only 2 or three places, not like my yellow tang that was covered from head to toe
     
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    yes like a blackhead , looks like i can take a tweezer and pull it out
     
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    It was under the skin not on the outside and now it has opened,. His breathing very rapidly
     
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    My powder used to get this form of white spot, it almost looks flaky and only a few of them with a few bumps on the skin. It normally came with stress and went away after a few days to a week.
     
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    See if u can find it on this site, I always use it to look up diseases and infections...it has pics as well as descriptions so should be able to help you out.

    Marine Fish Diseases and Parasites
     
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    Click the Link in my Signature if you get stuck...I've got a lot of sick fish ID Websites listed there...
     
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    (Marine Ich) Usually billed as the marine equivalent of white spot, the parasite usually presents itself initially by causing a loss of appetite, some skin irritation and minor respiratory distress.

    Thanks all
     
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    What medication are you using?
     
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    Hi Tobes

    Heal All, thats all we get in Bloem.

    What do you suggest?
     
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    I personally am not a believer in medication...my remedies for illness are vitimins, garlic and good eating...nothing is better than a fishes own boosted immune system at beating disease in my opinion.
     
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    I agree...I will however admitt that, seeing as I consider myself a Newbie, I always doubt my ability to apply the best "natural" route and therefore end up "grabing" the first "apparently excellent" medication listed by Reefers...:blush:

    These Articles I gave also has a lot of "natural" remedies which could be applied...
     
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    Checked him today and the spots have fallen off, i can see them in the bottom of the bucket ( Black ) and he looks much better, I have to keep him there for another 9 days and do my water changes as required.

    Kunhardt what food etc would you be feeding at this stage?

    Belindamotion i think i feel the same as you do, thanks for all the links etc so far.
     
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    I would stick to your normal food that the fish is already eating, but flakes and nori usuallu work well. Soak the food in vitimins...something likee Red Sea Vita and/or garlic...the garlic will entice him to eat as well as play a role in boosting immune system.
     
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    @Marine1 I know Ich and that is not ich

    It seems to me like Ichthyosporidium or Uronema marinum.

    Since you say your tang was covered in it I would say it is the latter. It relates to water quality, overcrowding and bioload as well as a new introductions.

    First is fungal and very leathal. chloromycetin added to the food is known to help for this .

    The second one is a parasite and manifests internally advancing to showing symptoms externally.

    Treament recommended it methylene blue, copper or malachite green.


    Also you could dose their nori with beta-glucan for two weeks and that should help allot with the immune system.

    PS what happened to the tang ?
     
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    Thanks for the info

    The tang passed away last year and crashed my whole tank, thats when I started my new tank, so the tang etc was never a problem, my new tank is great till I added the powder blue, the other fish are fine and no signs of sickness etc ( i think i got the powder blue out before damage was done), he looks great in the QT, no signs of bumps, pimples etc anymore.
     
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    Okay, now my other fish are showing signs of white spot, the cleaners shrimps are on them perm. Question : I have a mixed reef and have ordered Paraguard ( Seachem ) , can I use it in the main DT or do I have to catch the fish as this is nearly impossible. Do I break down the rock etc and then catch or do you think I can treat the whole lot in the DT.

    Please advise
     
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