Is My Platy Sick Or Is This Just Pigmentation?

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Hello Fishlore,

One of our female platys has had this white spot on her head for about a month now and we didn't think much of it initially as it didn't seem to affect her, but lately it seems to be getting bigger and she's behaving a bit differently. Her dorsal fin is always down, and she spends most of her time under the filter stream. I'm wondering if it's not a rash of some sort that is irritating her, and the water stream is providing some relief from that?

Does this look familiar to anyone here? It seems very different from Ich as it's not in her fins and it's not little spots, rather just one large white patch. Any help much appreciated.



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That's not just natural colouring that looks like an illness to me. It also has clamped fins which is a bad sign.
Is it at all fluffy?
It almost looks a little like fungus to me
 
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Thanks BottomDweller & UniqueShark. Yes she sometimes gets bullied by the male platy, but the funny thing is that he has calmed down a lot recently, we haven't noticed him doing it for at least a month or two now. We have two females platys, we got the second one to calm down the male and it seems to have worked. This strange white patch (whatever it is) has gotten worse but only by itself recently. What do you guys think it is? Yeah I guess you could describe it as 'fluffy', it looks like it protrudes slightly from her head which means it could be a fungus, you think?
 
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Thank you for your replies, I've had a look into it and I don't think it's velvet as apparently the fish should appear 'slimy' and the discolouration would be gold to green or brown. It looks like it might be Columnaris, but I can't be sure.

In the absence of any other ideas, is it worth treating for Columnaris just to be safe? I'm really worried about her as she seems more lethargic than usual, but when I approach the tank she perks up.
 
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