Bichir slime coat loss or bacteria fungus?


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May 2, 2017
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Hey guys,

Recently I moved my 15 in lapradei bichir to a smaller 30 gallon tank for the time being since I wanted to rescape my aquarium. That would prove to be one of my worst decisions since the bichir was super unhappy and kept jumping and hitting the glass for 2 days. Started developing red lips and losing slime coat. I decided to add her back into the main tank which is planted and much larger (something I was gonna do 1 month later to guarantee plant growth but had to do it earlier since I didn’t want my fish to die). Moving the bichir was a hassle and she ended up losing a bit more slime coat when I tried catching her to the main tank.

She has settled in now with no issues and her lips are growing in and not red anymore. However, I noticed these fizzy patches on her skin. I’m wondering whether this is just missing slime coat or a bacteria infection. Will be doing a major water change today and monitoring her. I would have dosed aquarium salt by now but since the tank is planted, I’d rather not since it would kill all my plants. Let me know what I should do and whether this is something to be majorly concerned about ( It has been 3 days since moving the bichir to the new tank and I didn’t see any patches in those 2 days). Thanks again everyone!






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Don’t looks like much. Maybe a little slimecoat left over. Don’t look like fungus. Keep doing the water changes. It should improve. Update as it goes.
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