White Spots And Pale(ish) Rummy Noses

Heather L
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Yesterday I did a 20% water change in my 55 gallon tank
The parameters were 0-0-10, pH 7.6
79f

This morning I noticed 2 distinct white spots on a Rummy Nose Tetras head, and a few other Rummy Noses noses are a little paler then usual. I am also missing a very young Apistogramma Hongsloi. Tanks covered, lifted everything, can't find him.
Parameters are 0-0-10, pH 7.4 temp 79f

I removed all of my floating water hyacinths and did a though clean of the filters (rinsed media in tank water), and glass this week because I thought I might have some cyno bacteria. Blueish slime on floating plants.
I will keep lights off for how long?

I am leaving in a half hour as my son is getting married this weekend. I have a good pet sitter who could get medications and medicate if needed.

Can anyone tell me what this is and how to treat?

Can the cyno bacteria (?) be caused by too much condensation?

Thanks!

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Discusluv
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Here is some info on cyanobacteria:
Aquarium Cyanobacteria
Have you added any fish to your tank within the past month? This could point to parasites.

If not, the spots you are seeing may be due to long-term bad water quality- have you been changing water regularly in tank? No judgement here...Life happens, you know?
With your heavy duty cleaning of the gravel, may have disturbed some anaerobic pockets that are making the fish not feel so well.
If the spots increase into larger areas, it may be a bacterial infection, due to the fish stress from poor water quality.
/or introduction of fish recently that had bacterial infection.
****Regardless, I what is causing your fish to pale and have spots, I would first start by doing water tests, Ammonia,Nitrite, Nitrate.
 
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Heather L
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Discusluv said:
Here is some info on cyanobacteria:
Aquarium Cyanobacteria
Have you added any fish to your tank within the past month? This could point to parasites.

If not, the spots you are seeing may be due to long-term bad water quality- have you been changing water regularly in tank? No judgement here...Life happens, you know?
With your heavy duty cleaning of the gravel, may have disturbed some anaerobic pockets that are making the fish not feel so well.
If the spots increase into larger areas, it may be a bacterial infection, due to the fish stress from poor water quality.
/or introduction of fish recently that had bacterial infection.
****Regardless, I what is causing your fish to pale and have spots, I would first start by doing water tests, Ammonia,Nitrite, Nitrate.
Thank you!
Water parameters are 0/0/10

I did add the Apistogramma about 3 weeks ago, after a 2 week qt. Poop looks like poop, not white or odd. What else should I look for. They look quite healthy. Good eaters and such. Nice fins. Except one is awol.

I do a weekly gravel vacs on Thursdays when I do water changes, and thought I was doing a good job, but when I pulled the driftwood to look for the missing Apistogramma I learned I should move it when I vac. Ewww. I did get pretty deep into the gravel where I could, but tank is heavily planted and I can't get deep in most places.

The 2 spots on the Rummy Noses head looked quite pronounced to me. Like ick if ick was bigger. Or like nerite snail eggs (which obviously they are not)

I really, really hated leaving them this am.

Any thoughts appreciated.
 
Discusluv
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Heather L said:
Thank you!
Water parameters are 0/0/10

I did add the Apistogramma about 3 weeks ago, after a 2 week qt. Poop looks like poop, not white or odd. What else should I look for. They look quite healthy. Good eaters and such. Nice fins. Except one is awol.

I do a weekly gravel vacs on Thursdays when I do water changes, and thought I was doing a good job, but when I pulled the driftwood to look for the missing Apistogramma I learned I should move it when I vac. Ewww. I did get pretty deep into the gravel where I could, but tank is heavily planted and I can't get deep in most places.

The 2 spots on the Rummy Noses head looked quite pronounced to me. Like ick if ick was bigger. Or like nerite snail eggs (which obviously they are not)

I really, really hated leaving them this am.

Any thoughts appreciated.
If the areas are bigger on the head with white, this sounds like it is bacterial. This is possible if areas in the tank trapped food, waste, rotting plant material, etc... in this case you would want to treat with an antibiotic medication-
Furan 2, for instance. Make sure to change the water between each dose, at least 25%, and use for the recommended time on box.
 
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Heather L
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Discusluv said:
If the areas are bigger on the head with white, this sounds like it is bacterial. This is possible if areas in the tank trapped food, waste, rotting plant material, etc... in this case you would want to treat with an antibiotic medication-
Furan 2, for instance. Make sure to change the water between each dose, at least 25%, and use for the recommended time on box.
Thank you!
 

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