Is it just white spot or something else?

Teresa22 Member Posts: 126
edited February 2010 in Emergency Room
Hi all, I have been vigilantly reading all your posts to get as much info as possible, it is an extremely fascinating site, and contains so much more info than any other site I have been to.

First of all here are my stats in case you don't already know ( had a few posts around)

Tank 38Lt
2 Fem Guppies (One very pregnant) Dot and Jade.
3 Male Guppies (One confined for bullying) Their names are Billiam, Leppard and Pointy.
1 Bristlenose Catfish (Up until 2 weeks ago thought it was a Cory, as I asked for one at my LFS, but pics show me its a BN) Don't know what sex but guessing its male by looking. His name is Cory.

PH 7.0 (has been up to 7.6 but have done a few WC as cycling a new breeding tank and using the water for it)
Amm 0.0
No2 < 0.1
No3 20mg/l last I checked about 4 days ago and have done WC since
I am unsure how to test Hardness or Softness of water. (the water feels soft, but I'm sure thats not what the 'reference' is to) <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->
Food is fancy guppy, vege wafers, frozen bloodworm and baby shrimp (alternating once per week)

OK, firstly I think my two male guppies that are free have white spot, not too sure as it is only a few sprinkles of salt on their backs. Pointy (the confined one) has a whitish/grey blotch pigment on his tail fin. I have treated both these with in half dose of Ickaway (because of the BN). I would have quarantined, but my tank is still cycling, and I am hoping to use it for the breeding anyway. So far after day one nothing much has changed. They all looked a bit worse for wear last night, but all had piked up this morning.

Secondly, unsure whether the males are lethargic cos of the supposed white spot, but the females are also lethargic, and this was since before the medication. They all have very dark eyes, which I think is stress, but unsure how to 'de-stress' them without putting more chemicals in. As a precaution I have only put in a really small dose of Melafix. I am not going to add anything else into the tank until I do another WC, which I am unsure when to do, as I don't know if the medications have to stay in there to work through and get the little guys better.

The females are both pregnant, Dot looks very square and looks like she is about to pop, then she poops and looks a little smaller, but her gravid area is quite dark I have been thinking a week or less for over a week now, so any day. I have heavily planted the tank temporarily with Wisteria (which I bought yesterday from LFS, and they had Discus swimming in the same water), and a couple of well washed plastic plants, which Cory loves, he has lots of hiding places now.

Now I am not at all sure if this makes a difference, but I have been finishing off some major renovations to our property and we have been painting the whole house. I have moved the tank (extremely carefully) into a bedroom and ventilated that room, but I am still unsure if this is affecting the little guys.

So am I doing the right thing? I really don't want to kill any of my fish.


  • Doug
    Doug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
    well, you mentioned that it looks like grains of salt...thats white spot. <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> its not cool!

    treatment is simple really but unfortunatly you may have some losses as whitespot is a nasty little sucker. Bump the temp up to a min of 28...i go to 30 degrees. and use ickaway (there are other types but i find thats the best one). Half dose cos of the BN means that it could take up to a week or more before you see any change as the ichaway doesnt kill the infections on the skin but kills the free floating spores that reinfect the fish. so you have to wait for the life cycle of the parasite to go through. I would also keep treating the water for several days after the visable infections have gone just to be sure. also remember that the heaviest point of infection is in the gills, where we cant see it <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->

    If you want to ensure that it never happens again invest in a UV steriliser. i run them on most of my tanks and have never looked back, and havn't had whitespot in ages.

    good luck, hope they all pull through
  • Teresa22
    Teresa22 Member Posts: 126
    They are all looking great today, even Cory. The Ickaway says to only treat once a week. So should I put more in? I don't know whether my filters have carbon in them, so it may be going through there but not sure.

    I am thinking go easy and then when my other tank is ready I can put Cory in there and then continue the guppies treatment. Only Billiam is displaying the salty patch (which more looks like a faded grey scaly discoloration today) and Pointy has the patch on his fin. The girls just scoffed their food so they look great.
  • Teresa22
    Teresa22 Member Posts: 126
    Oh, and I would love to get a UV sterilizer (am watching some on Ebay <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> ) but am upgrading to a bigger tank, and don't know what I'll need yet (maybe I will get a tank with one) but most likely a 7 or 9w.