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Old 02-20-2005, 03:07 PM   #1
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Gramma with white belly and patch

I have a Royal Gramma that I bought 3 weeks ago and its belly is now white and it has a patch on one side that was white but has now darkened.. It also has been rubbing that side around the aquarium a bit. It has been eating fine although it doesn't like flake and seems active enough.

It's in the QT tank with no ammonia or nitrite present.

I stepped up the water changes and that seemed to help a bit as the now brown patch used to protrude a bit.

I'm wondering how I should go about treating this.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 02-20-2005, 04:57 PM   #2
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Sounds like it could possibley be Uronema or an internal parasite/bacterial infection.

Any sign of stringy or white feces? Reddening of the anus? Does it swim and behave otherwise normally?

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Old 02-20-2005, 07:21 PM   #3
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Well there are no stringy feces, red anus and other than the flashing it behaves the same as the day I got it.

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The belly is the same/shape and size right, no sign of bloating? Should have asked that before, sorry. I'm trying to determine if this is Uronema, a internal bacterial/parasite problem or simple bloat....

If the belly is normal except the white area's, I'd lean towards Uronema.

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Thanks Steve,

Belly is not bloated at all just a gray/brown now.

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Old 02-21-2005, 10:52 AM   #6
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I'm still not 100 % sure but what I would suggest is a bacterial treatment to be on the safe side. Furacyn (a nitrofurazone based med) would be the "all 'round" choice so to speak. It wll help if Uronema in it's early stages and will help if an internal bacterial infection.

Treat using 30 mg/gal as a one time dose for 5 days. Take a little tank water out at each feeding time to soak the foods in for a ½ hr or so. This will help the fish injest the med and work on the internal problem if there is one.

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Thanks Steve I'll give it a shot. This morning it seems to be flashing a whole lot so I hope I can find some at my LFS and start treatment today.

Wish me luck!

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Good luck

Just be sure you look for a med that is made up primarily of nitrofurazone.

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I haven't been able to find anything but this in Canada:

http://www.bigalsonline.ca/search/?t...razone&x=0&y=0

I'm not sure hwo much nitrofurazone is in it though. Do you know of a LFS in Vancouver that carries something better? If so I'm sure my brother would pick some up and mail it to me.

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Old 02-22-2005, 11:41 AM   #10
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There are quite a few places here that might. The best suggestion is KingEd's pet supplies in Burnaby. As far as your locale, I would suggest looking in petstores that specialize in FW aquaria. The larger the shop the more likely they will carry it.

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