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    Thread: Is this ich?

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      Is this ich?

      I just noticed a cluster of about 4 spots on my fish tail. They stand out and look a little fuzzy. I can't tell if it's ich since I read that ich resembles smaller/fine spots as if someone sprinkled dust on them. I'm wondering if this is a different fungus instead. Tips for treatment is appreciated. The 40g tank is home to the two fish pictured plus one blue crayfish.

      He did act a little aggressive back on the 12th by swimming fast and had a long white clear poop, but since then seems normal. No change in behavior or eating habits. The light was left on all night last night if maybe this is a reaction to the stress of constant light. The temperature has fluctuated a bit over the past week or two as we went through a heatwave and then it got a little colder.

      I tried researching within this forum, but am having a hard time since not many people have posted photos similar to what I see on my tail. If there is another thread that already covers this, please redirect me with a link. I did come across this description "Ich has three stages, one encysted in the skin of the koi which matures and falls off to fall to the bottom of the pond where like an egg it hatches into many swimmers which then attack and encyst" and perhaps this is stage one of being a cyst. If so, I can follow the salt recommendation as listed in here https://www.koiphen.com/forums/showt...69943-Ick-help!!!



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      scrape a lump and use microscope.

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      Thanks, but that is a bit more advanced than what I can do (I've never handled a fish that way or own a microscope). Is there another way to diagnosis it?

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      Don't know.

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      Looks more like encysted juvenile anchor worm. Try treating with Dimilin for a couple of weeks. Ich is more the size of grains of salt and this looks much larger than that.

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      I'll guess columnaris

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      I ordered "Microbe-Lift Lice and Anchor Worm Treatment" from Petco and should be here soon. After closer looks, it's not very fuzzy and more like a pimple bump, a little indented on the biggest one. No new growth or behavior changes yet either. We'll see how this goes. If it doesn't start to diminish after the end of the treatment, I may try giving them a warm salt bath for a week since it seems like salt is a good cure-all for various things.

      It's interesting they caught something out of the blue. The last new thing I brought into the tank (other than plastic plants) was a crayfish at the end of last year and a handful of ramshorn snails as a snack that are breeding in my other tank.
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      Since it is not fuzzy. You can rule out columnaris.

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      It was carp pox. Mystery solved

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