What's wrong with my Otto?!

  1. robyn123 Initiate Member

    Hi I got 4 ottos the other week at my local fish store and I have noticed one of them has a weird white Mark that the others don't have on its side, please the attached pictures. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465410529.420658.jpg ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465410552.872041.jpg ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465410613.942729.jpg

    Does anyone know what's wrong with him?

    How can I help him?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. ToddHendrix Member Member

    Usually a white spot means ich, but ich usually shows multiple spots. Ottos unfortunately are one of the most delicate fish to keep, and when you get a few you have to be prepared for 1 to die or get sick... i hope someone can give you a better answer soon!
  3. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

  4. robyn123 Initiate Member

    Do I need to separate it from the other fish immediately?
  5. boxtop Member Member

    I had the same thing on one of mine. Unfortunately it died. I had the ottosfor several months before that one got sick and none of the other ottos have had the same problem. That was about 6 or 7 months ago.

    I hope you find out what causes it and I hope you figure out how to successfully treat it.
  6. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    yup. its very spreadable.
  7. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Not necessarily. Many fungus and bacterial infections are opportunistic and will only affect stressed or already sick fish. Not necessarily contagious.

    If that's the case, you'd want to separate the oto from the others so you can treat it without exposing the others to the meds, not because it's contagious.
    robyn123 - does it look cottony or does it look more like a chunk is missing from it?
  8. robyn123 Initiate Member

    I guess it looks like a bits come out of it? What medication should I give?
  9. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    So more of a wound? Any other symptoms?

    Large, frequent water changes may be enough, but an antibiotic or antifungal may be a good idea to help prevent infection. DoubleDutch?
  10. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Fungus usually looks like a piece of cotton on the wound or area. Kind of like you took a ball of cotton , took off a small piece and attached to the fish. Is that what it looks like? or is it just a white spot on the fish? Alison
  11. robyn123 Initiate Member

    Looks kind of attached I guess? ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465457555.795347.jpg
  12. DoubleDutch Fishlore VIP Member

    Looks like an infected wound indeed.
  13. robyn123 Initiate Member

    Wound? What should I do then?