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Old 10/02/2019, 05:13 AM   #1
Koukasen
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Exclamation Lionfish - natural marking/spot or ich?

Iím currently housing 3 lions in my 90 gal (all about 4-5 inches). Iíve noticed lately that they had these small white spots on them. I read about Ich and it was described to be smaller than what I had imagined.
I gave all 3 lions a 5 minute FW dip to see if the dots would fall off, but nothing fell. Iíve also treated the whole tank with API super ick cure, as bad as that sounds. I donít have a QT unfortunately and thought that if itís in the tank, I should treat the whole thing. Thereís also a Scopas tang about 2-3 inches in the tank along with some 3-4 1 inch feeder damsels blue/yellow tail in there. The lions have an appetite still when I put ghost shrimp in there, as the damsels might be a tad bit big for their mouths (maybe?).

Going off the marine kit I bought pH is about 8.2/3, Ammonia 0-0.25, NO2 0-0.25 and NO3 0-5 so my levels donít seem too... bad? Water temp is generally around 78, but during the treatment I increased the temp to 81. I waited the appropriate days and +1 before changing water and adding filter back in. Afterwards I saw a new white marking on my darker lion, the blotch near his gills.

Are the smaller markings natural, but the bigger one near the gill ich? Iím just lost at what to do now.




The white dots are also on the dorsal fins, but they seem pretty uniform and not messy/unorganized.


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Old 10/02/2019, 06:19 AM   #2
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When did you first notice the white spots? Are they on all 3 of the lions, or just the one? Do the spots go away every couple of days just to return with more spots? Are the spots cauliflower like?


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Old 10/02/2019, 10:23 AM   #3
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I’ve had all of the lions for about 1-2 months now, the one in the picture being the newest. I noticed the spots about a week ago on all of them and they’re not cauliflower like. They’re not as prevalent on the other 2, only here and there, as if design. I treated them over 5 days, applying dosage for 48hr, repeating, then waiting an additional day before doing a water change and adding the filter back in. None of the spots really changed or had fallen off. The only thing new that I noticed was that bigger spot in the second picture near the gill.


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Old 10/02/2019, 05:06 PM   #4
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Looks like those are normal markings:



It's definitely not ich, the spots are way too large for that.


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Old 10/03/2019, 03:47 PM   #5
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I agree definitely not ich


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