damn whitespot!!! but how?

kfenk
kfenk Member Posts: 502
edited September 2009 in Emergency Room
day before i was going to re-aquascape (i think thats the word lol) of my tank i discovered my silver shark has white spot <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> i checked all the fish but they ok. its just him. iv medicated the tank and turned the temp up to 30. i dont know how this happened tho, havnt done a water change in a wk and a half and no new fish. how could this have happened?

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  • TK_09
    TK_09 Member Posts: 312
    i don't know aye but it must suck hope he gets through it
  • Doug
    Doug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
    Whote spot seems to be one of those things that can just appear. I'm not sure if it is capable of airborne transit in its spore stage or if the spores are just able to persist in the tank for a long time. I know when i got it for the first time it was out of the blue.
  • Isabelle
    Isabelle Member Posts: 953
    I've never been able to get rid of the WS in my tank. I just prevent it now by keeping my tank temp no lower than 28c. Seems as soon as fish get stressed or there's a drop in temp it comes back. I recently rearranged my tank and that got it going again.
  • Bristlenose_boy93
    Bristlenose_boy93 Member Posts: 122
    Poor water quality, constant stress on fish may cause whitespot on fish. To fight against it, add Salt to the aquarium and up the temp to about 30 degres. Id sugest you quantine him asap, although it might be too late, keep a good eye on your other fish tho.

    Good luck with it

    Etienne
  • Isabelle
    Isabelle Member Posts: 953
    ET, what's the lifespan when it's gone into the substrate because from now until about May next year I'm flat out keeping my tank below 31c and as soon as the temp drops to 26 or lower when the dry season starts away the WS goes.
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Check out the sticky we have on whit spot Izzy & kfenk.
    http://www.livefish.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1207
    Best of luck ridding both your tanks of it .
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  • Isabelle
    Isabelle Member Posts: 953
    But if the lifecycle is only about 7 days why is it always present in the tank waiting for the right moment to appear? <!-- s:scratch: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_scratch.gif" alt=":scratch:" title="scratch" /><!-- s:scratch: -->
  • Bristlenose_boy93
    Bristlenose_boy93 Member Posts: 122
    Im pretty sure they are always there Izzy, just waiting for a poor inocent fish to become ill then BAM, they attack!! But if you keep your water quality up, it should rarely visit you.

    Etienne
  • tin
    tin Moderator Posts: 529
    But if the lifecycle is only about 7 days why is it always present in the tank waiting for the right moment to appear? <!-- s:scratch: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_scratch.gif" alt=":scratch:" title="scratch" /><!-- s:scratch: -->

    My understanding is that the spores are sort of like seeds... They wait for the right conditions, then activate themselves. They can lie dormant for years.
  • kfenk
    kfenk Member Posts: 502
    thing is i cant remember ever having whitespot in this tank. unless the spores came with bought fish ages ago. i have a bad habit of tipping the water in with the fish when i get new ones. even though i know its not a good idea. my bad <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->
  • sthn75
    sthn75 Moderator Posts: 3,487
    I'm sorry but that's a myth. I done a ton of research on whitespot a year or so ago to try to find out what was true & what wasn't simply because I was always getting conflicting answers.

    Whitespot cannot survive without a host (fish or other living creature ie possibly snails), therefore it cannot survive in the gravel and it is not always present in every tank. It's always introduced to the tank via new fish, plants, nets, ornaments, driftwood, gravel, hands etc etc (basically anything) that has been in an infected tank.

    I'll see if I can find my research on it.

    **Edit** Yup I found it, i've added it into the first post of the "Treating Whitespot" Sticky at the top of the Emergency Room section.