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Old 09/20/2019, 11:24 AM   #1
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Blue tang white fluffy spots

I have a 1.5" blue tang that has developed some fluffy spores on side and now on the head. These spots have developed over the past 3 days and seem to be spreading from the body to the head. The spots seem to be be protruding from the skin and feathering out. When the fish turns to the side you can see them sticking out from the fish.

I have had the fish for 3 months. I did the TTM QC with Prazi when I first purchased the fish. The fish seems to be eating and swimming regularly (flake and seaweed select seaweed). The fish just starting scratching against rocks trying to dislodge the items on the skin.

The other fish in the tank are a 1.5" yellow tang, 2 clownfish and a yellow line goby. The other fish do not seem to be affected at this time. The coral has mushrooms, xenia, green toadstools. I also have an urchin, snails and hermits.


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Old 09/20/2019, 11:43 AM   #2
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I dosed prazipro just in case of a parasite. It looks like white hairs sticking out from the skin. I have had the fish for only one month and 1 week... not 3 months.



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Old 09/20/2019, 02:42 PM   #3
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Photos are not much help. Need a more close up but sounds like it could be Lymphocystis virus. White puffy cotton looking growths usually fall off in 4 weeks and if stress free, well fed and good water condition. You may never see another outbreak.


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Old 09/20/2019, 05:21 PM   #4
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I believe this fish does have the Lymphocytes virus. It had a spot a few weeks ago that is now gone. That seemed more round. This time it seems more hairlike and spreading but I hope it is just lymphocytes.

There is a good fish store in the area that thinks it maybe anchor worms but she has never seen it in the marine hobby.


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Old 09/20/2019, 10:23 PM   #5
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Hippo Tangs are notorious for getting Ich/velvet looking virus nodules. Similar to Lympho, but slightly different virus. It usually goes away in time, but feeding vitamin enriched foods probably helps put the virus back into remission.


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Old 09/23/2019, 08:50 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help. I came into work today (office tank) and the white things were gone from the blue tang. It must have been the Lymphocystis virus or a slightly different version as these were more hairlike instead of the cauliflower version that was noticed a few weeks ago. Crossing my fingers.


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