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Old 12-05-2021, 07:11 PM   #1
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Advice please! Spots on pleco

I picked up this clown pleco a couple days ago, he's very active, eating and swimming all over, but he's got these white spots and I can't tell if it is ick or just his camo.


I've got a 55 long. 5 Cory's, 3 red hooks and 5 torpedo barbs.
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Do they look like little grains of salt? It does look like ick to me.
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Do they look like little grains of salt? It does look like ick to me.
Thank you, after searching through some forums and a lot of images and seeing your reply, I think you are right. I am using half doses of the medication because of my corys and I increased the temperature in my tank slightly. I am not going to be home for a couple of days, but I will be home to do the first water change after this first dose. I can have someone do the second dose of the medication, do you think waiting an extra day or two to do the second and final water change is a problem?
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I haven't used meds for ick, I just slowly raised the heat, plenty of pwc and increased aeration. Be careful that the meds you are using are safe for plecos.
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Shellyx is right. Ich always goes away on its own in my experience if you bump the temp up a little bit and maintain good water quality. General rule of thumb is to avoid meds unless you absolutely have to.
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