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Old 10-17-2006, 01:50 AM   #1
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Perulent "nostril" on Blood Red Parrot Cichlid

One of my BRPC has a perulent "nostril" that is also inflamed, I'm assumming (s)he had an altercation with one of his/her tankmates. The fish in question is acting normal. I was thinking of putting in salt to help heal the wound. All of my nombers were at 0, I was starting to get that green velvet algae crap, I did a 55% - 65% water change. I just wanted others opinions on the salt. If you have another idea please feel free to bounce it off me.
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How long has your tank been set up? Just asking as you say all your parameters are 0. Usually a cycled tank will show nitrates unless there are plants in the tank. If it were me I would keep up on water changes and monitor the situation. You could add some pimafix/melafix to help with the healing. You could add salt but watch your pleco as plecos aren't fond of salt that much.
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Well let's see my readings exactly are: NitrAtes are between 0 and 20 (I have dipsticks)NitrItes are 0, Ammonia is 0, Hardness is between 50 and 120Alkalinity is at 80, and my pH 6.8. My tank has been up for about 1 1/2 year. I haven't updated I haven't had my pleco for awhile now. Right now my fish are three BRPC, one Jellybean Parrot (undyed I may add), a cory cat (I believe speckled), three balas (2 inches), a peacock eel, four tire track eels, and a crayfish of some sort. I'm thinking my big bad tough parrot attempted to rough up the crayfish, the crayfish got in a lucky strike.
I will definately use some MelaFix and some PimaFix.
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Crayfish can be quite vicious to fish from what I have heard from other members. I believe the crayfish will continue to cause harm to your fish. Not having actually attempted crayfish I can't speak from experience on their aggressive nature. The BP may be aggressive but the crayfish has more defense mechanisms I believe.

Hope he heals up well and good luck with the crayfish.
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