What's wrong with my Otto?!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by robyn123, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. robyn123New MemberMember

    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.jpgImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465410552.872041.jpgImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465410613.942729.jpg

    Does anyone know what's wrong with him?

    How can I help him?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. ToddHendrix

    ToddHendrixValued MemberMember

    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

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

  4. OP

    robyn123New MemberMember

    Do I need to separate it from the other fish immediately?

  5. boxtopValued MemberMember

    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

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    yup. its very spreadable.
  7. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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. OP

    robyn123New MemberMember

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

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    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

    alirayFishlore VIPMember

    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. OP

    robyn123New MemberMember

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

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Looks like an infected wound indeed.
  13. OP

    robyn123New MemberMember

    Wound? What should I do then?

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