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Old 02-01-2014, 01:42 PM   #1
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What are these dark spots on my dragonblood?

I just got this guy from Dave's Fish. He's about 3.5-4", so not quite colored up. He has these dark spots on his face and down his sides -- looks like he needs a bath, but that doesn't make much sense, does it?

Is this a fungus?

Also, should the black rings on his eyes be so speckled?
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:43 PM   #2
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It could possibly be a parasite ik when my tank came down with Ick/parasite all my fish got white spots
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
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I just went to check on my own dragonblood and mine has 1 of those black spots on one side. The black of the eyes looks a lot like yours.
I don't think it's ick.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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Dave at Dave's Exotic Fish says it's typical.

But I thought I'd get other opinions.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:48 PM   #5
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There are many fish that have those spots with no health problems.. It plays more of an aesthetic role to most serious aquarists..
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:12 AM   #6
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As in, I need not try entering my dragonblood into any beauty contests?
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:22 AM   #7
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I don't know, maybe one of the judges might have a "thing" for speckles
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:22 AM   #8
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The Dragon Blood, Fire Fish, Strawberry Peacock, Pink Peacock, Sunburst and any other moniker that is out there is a hydrid fish. It is common for them to have some genes left from the OB Peacock that was probably used to get the red/orange in these fish. Your fish is fine.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:00 PM   #9
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Good to hear. Thanks!
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