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Old 01-29-2005, 08:24 AM   #1
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brown colored spot -- ick? i don't think so...

I awoke this morning to find a spot on one of my clowns. It reminds me of a pimple (wrong color) -- the surrounding area under the skin appears to be swolen, similar to the way a pimple grows under the skin. The lesion that is visible on the outer skin is brown and larger than a grain of sand. It is brown... definitely NOT white.

I have 2 clowns and a royal gramma in a FO aquarium (some snails, crabs). I've had these 3 for about 4 weeks. All 3 ate well last night. They have not been fed today. I have recently reduced feedings as my ammonia, nitrite, nitrate were recently up a bit, I believe due to over feedings. The ammonia is now zero, nitrites and nitrates coming into line quickly. I am also doing more frequent water changes. All 3 fish are behaving well to this point, fins and eyes look fine.

This somehow does not look like the photos of ick that I have seen. Thre is just the one lesion -- the fish is not covered in spots. It is definitely larger than the pinpoint white spots that I'm seeing in photos of ick.

I can't snap off a clear enough photo to post, sorry.

Does this sound like ick? Something else contageous / not? It is definitely a "spot" on the skin, but all of the photos of ick that I've seen show it as a bright white spot. What do you recommend? Should I move this fish to a QT? The others are not picking on him, but if it's contageous I'm sure he should be removed. If medication is the recommendation, I'm looking for something that I can order online and have shipped overnight.
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I had a smiliar thing happen to one of my Percs. After 3 weeks in QT, and no signs of disease I released him and his mate. Another 2 weeks they were fine. Maybe about 10 days ago he got a brown spot on his side. Its still there but starting to fade back to orange.

I can't be sure but I think its a bruise.
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I had it happen to one of my clowns also. I just guessed it to be a bruise or scratch from somewhere in the tank. Maybe someone else had this happen. Good Luck
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