Male red swordtail with random white scales, and strange behavior

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My male red swordtail has been either sitting at the bottom of the tank, or at the top.. occasionally swimming around normally, and just now I noticed that he has a few tiny white dots on him..

what do I do?!
 

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Do the white dots look like grains of salt? If so he may have ICH.
You can treat ICh by raising the water temp up over 82F, do an extra water change and substrate vacuum each week and continue this for at least 14days. added bubble stone is a plus. ICH will frequently look worse before it gets better.
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They do look like salt grains!

I'll crank up the heater, and do a water change tonight, and sweep the gravel.
Is it contagious? Do I do the water changes and gravel vacuuming every day? how much, like 20%?
I removed the other fish from that tank as soon as I noticed it, but are they at risk?
 

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Most likely the whole tank was exposed so might as well put them all back in their home
20% about every other to every third day would be excellent but at least 2 x a week. Keep us posted please.
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I moved the other 2 fish into a different community tank... they seem healthy and fine and stuff... but did I just expose even more of my fish? ill do a 20% every other day, and do the gravel as well..
 
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Do I need to get a new filter media thing as well?, I think i'm going to turn up the heater on both of my tanks to be safe, and I am going to get some aquarium salt..will that help?
 
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Update.... since I stupidly moved the "healthy" fish into my other tank, I see spots on all my fish now... Definitely going to ramp up the heat, and do water changes every other day... poor fish... I hate seeing them sick
 
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Sad update.. my male died last night

My male died last night... so I put the two females back in the exposed tank, I have the temp between 80-84. They all seem fine. I have added aquarium salt, and plan on doing a partial water change when I get home from work.

What a sad way to start off a monday :-[

I hope everyone else remains fine while I am at work today..
 

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You really don't have to add salt. The heat and water changes will take care of ICH all by it's self
If they had originally been in the tank within the last couple of days they had been exposed anyway and most likely would have come down with ICH anyway.
Sorry about your fish
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I did a 50% water change today when I got home, everyone seems to be swimming around normally, the water is around 82-83 and I am monitoring them closley whenever I can, which is pretty easy in my studio apt.. I will do a 25% change tomorrow, and the day after 50.. is this a good pattern? or will it shock the fish?



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That's an excellent pattern! Just remember to add water as close to the same temp as the tank as you can. The cleaner the water the better the fish will weather this illness.
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Thank you so so much! I'll keep you posted! I have my other empty tank at around 90 or so, maybe warmer, i'm trying to kill it off, so I can start over with a new filter, and with some danios or something.

Is it safe to add some meds to the empty tank to help kill off the beast?


I just feel so terrible because I see the spots on their fins, and I can't help them

one more thing, should I replace my filters? or take them out or anything?
 

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It is absolutely not necessary to add meds. The heat will do the job just fine. Meds won't get it done any faster and may kill the beneficial bacteria in the filter.
No need to replace filter, filter media or take them out.
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that's awesome! currently I am baking my new tank, have the heater cranked to the point where the water is prob around 100 degrees, i'm just going to kill everything, and start over fresh... with a new cycle and everything probably... how long should I do this?
 
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my red platy looks like he won't make it through the night

all the other fish are swimming and acting normal, he is just lying there... barely moving at the bottom....

I feel so helpless!
 
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Now, one of my female swordtails, who has the ich pretty bad on her back fin... has a larger white spot on her fin as well.. is this fin rot? or is it just ich?
 
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The red platy is better!! He is no longer lying on the bottom all the time, and is actively swimming, as are all the other fish!!!
 
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I am still doing water changes, and have the high temp... just to be safe!

BUT... it never ends! one of my female swords got fin rot, so she is in quarantine... I hope no one else gets it... AHHHHH!
 

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