Important - White spots all over my Pleco Help

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by Maxi, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. MaxiNew MemberMember

    Hi Everyone,
    White Spots that look like Salt have appeared all over my common Pleco's Body..
    He is swimming around as usual and he has been sucking away at his cucumber.
    Is it Ick? How do i know if it is Ick?
    I do not have a heater but my temperature is 26 Degrees C.
    I have Anti Ick treatment that says i must put a drop for every 5 litres of water and see if it improves after two weeks..
    Please Help
  2. JrobberWell Known MemberMember

    It does sound like ICH to me. Maybe post a photo and that will help. Are any of your other fish showing signs?

    If you don't use the meds, you need a heater that is adjustable and set it around 82-84 F, or 27-28 C. With the higher temperature you will need to oxygenate the water so an air pump will help with that. You should do two gravel vacuums a week if not more because once the ICK spores drop off the fish, they sit in the gravel and hatch into hundreds more spores.

    I also noticed you don't have a test kit and don't know about the nitrogen cycle. Read these:


    Good luck.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  3. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Hi Maxi, sounds like it might be ich.
    Can you post a pic?
    Many fish don't handle meds well, but it can be treated with heat.
    You'd need to get a heater, slowly raise the temp to 86F. Leave it there for at least 2 weeks, do thorough gravel vacs and water changes to pick up all the ich spores.
    You'll need to add an air stone since there's less oxygen in warmer water.

    I see from your other thread that you have a common pleco, he really needs a bigger tank, 55 gallons, he can grow really big. Sadly he'll continue to have problems if kept in that size tank.
    He produces too must waste for the amount of water in your tank.

    In another thread, your betta is having problems.
    I'm guessing the tank isn't cycled and you're getting a test kit.
    It would be a good idea to do this as soon as possible.
    Plecos are huge waste producers, if there is ammonia (from fish waste) in the tank, it'll be hard to get either of these fish healthy.

    Also, medications can negatively affect the nitrogen cycle.

    Good luck :)
  4. NMfishmanWell Known MemberMember

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  5. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    ;) jrobber types faster than us. lol
  6. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Just a note, Maxi, even if your betta is not showing symptoms of ich yet, you should treat the both of them because they are in the same tank. You cannot assume that the betta is safe just because you don't see salt-like spores on him.

    Your best bet is to get a heater and increase the temp to 82-84 degrees fahrenheit, or 28+ celsius. Make sure that the water is heated this way for 2 weeks and do extra gravel vacs and water changes for the duration. This is safest for your beneficial bacteria and pleco, which may be sensitive to medications.

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