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Old 07-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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something wrong with my hippo?!?!?

so i come to my tank and my hippo is covered with these white stuff i think its ich but not sure never seen ich like this and when hey jolted or swam a little faster little white specals fell off of him? any ideas? please help
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:18 PM   #2
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so i come to my tank and my hippo is covered with these white stuff i think its ich but not sure never seen ich like this and when hey jolted or swam a little faster little white specals fell off of him? any ideas? please help
Greetings! From those pictures, it doesn't look like Ich because there's not so much salt like grains that I notice, but what I see is white patches/slime, I am correct in seeing this or is it just the picture? If that's the case it's far more worse than ich and can lead to a complete tank loss if not treated.

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #3
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yes it is white patches/slime what can it be? how do i treat it? and i have corals too :/
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yes it is white patches/slime what can it be? how do i treat it? and i have corals too :/
My first thought would be Brooklynella or Marine Velvet, but looks more like Brook to me.

If that's what it is, it moves fast and kills quick! Only way to treat is with Formalin. If you don't have access to Formalin you can also use Quick Cure. Naturally, this has to be done in either a QT or a bucket with airstone because you can't use either Formalin or Quick Cure in your DT.

Also, all other fish will have to be removed and treated even though they may not exhibit signs as of right now.

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heres some more pics if it helps to determine it and he has millions of little white specals on him?
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heres some more pics if it helps to determine it and he has millions of little white specals on him?
Ok, from those pictures it does look like ich and from the look of him, he's on the small size, about the size of a quarter or so? At that size hippos are notorious for having very weak immune systems. As they mature they do build up their immune system put are ich chances are still high. There is no reef safe treatment. The only real treatment for ich is copper which CAN NOT be used in a reef tank. So again you'd have to pull him out, and treat in a QT or bucket with airstone and monitor copper levels as the slightest overdose can kill the fish and the DT has to remain fish less for 4-6 weeks.

The best thing to do at this stage is to supplement feed with garlic and/or vita-chem, also make sure you're supplement feeding with seaweed as this helps in boosting the hippos immune system.

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heres some more pics if it helps to determine it and he has millions of little white specals on him?
Are these effects from lighting/camera?
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no those are acutally on him thats why im worried i know what ich looks like and it dosent really seem like ich and hes maybe 3-4"
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no those are acutally on him thats why im worried i know what ich looks like and it dosent really seem like ich and hes maybe 3-4"
Are those splotches white/gray in color? or are they dark in color like the pics?

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he has one little white sliver and then those spots that are the dark color like in the pic
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