Whitespot scapegoat

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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Has whitespot being given a bit of a bad name?
    Every time a pic of a sick fish is posted the immediate diagnosis is given as whitespot, often followed by reams of info on curing whitespot.

    Considering the multitude of diseases and disease causing organisms, it seems odd how almost all deaths in aquariums get blamed on whitespot. If you have a brush through literature on fish disease, it becomes apparent rather quickly that whitespot doesn't get all that much attention. Is that because we know enough about it already or is it because whitespot in itself isn't a serious disease?

    Basically everyone who has kept fish has had a bought of whitespot and it often clears on its own. Having a whitespot outbreak is often blamed on stress, like parameter changes, netting a fish badly etc etc. This would indicate that whitespot is always present but our fishs' immune systems are more than capable of keeping it under control.

    So my question/comment...could one stress that brings on whitespot not be another disease? Whitespots are rather easy to spot on a fish, so could our untrained eyes be missing other symptoms and only spotting the secondary disease, ie whitespot?
     
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    I know of a professor who dismissed whitespot as a serious issue in class. Said it is not important. He specializes in aquatic toxicology.

    Until questioned in class, and links to MASA shown in class.

    His answer was that he will follow up and continue the next day. Next morning he just said that indeed in the Marine hobby trade and commercial fish breeding it does seem to be a problem.

    In the wild, whitespot is not a serious problem. As his initial opinion proofs.
    But in our confined small boxes and overstocking levels. It is a serious problem.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Exactly my point. If a prof on the field doesn't know it as a problem, w
    hy is it a problem here? Which prof/class was that. Would be interesting to hear their thoughts.
    Does MASA over emphasize it?
     
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