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    Does anyone know what this is

    Discussion in 'Freshwater Diseases and Health Issues' started by Sanman, May 14, 2018.

    1. Sanman

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      Started at the top right behind the eye.. this has been going on and then stops for over 2 years now

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      Some more

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      Looks like hole in the head.
       
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      HITH, or hole in the head. Generally associated with poor water quality and stress, but that doesn't look too bad
       
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      That’s what I figured but I do 2 water changes per week on Sunday 50% and on wedneday 30% and I clean a filter every 3 weeks ones an eheim 2260 and the other is Eheim 2215 and then I have an aquaclear 110 that I clean in old tank water weekly
       
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      I’ve treated with nls hex and api general cure in the past.

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      Is there another medicine combination that has worked better for anyone ?
       
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      Most Heros come from waters with a pH between 4-6, and have "seasonal" periods where black water is common.
      This temporary black (tannin) infused water provides an anti-bacteria period for these fish, and especially if your pH is above 7, may be a factor in preventing chronic bacterial diseases.
      This seems to occur in many S American species kept in aquaria, Heros, oscars, many other large long lived cichlids.
      You may find doing large water changes with tannin infused water might help.
      You can infuse water with tannins by soaking leaves, wood, peat, or even old tea bags.
      I keep rain barrels, with logs, bags of leaves, and soak leaves in buckets, mixing the rain water with tap for water changes, for those type species.
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      I put lots of wood, and even certain leaves in some tanks to supply constant leaching of tannins, to simulate their natural environment, because my tap water was a constant 7.8 or higher pH.
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      Even with the water changes, what are your nitrate levels? What other fish are in the tank? Do you have hard or soft water (not the PH value)?
       
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      I have liquid rock dutchess County ny well water ph is 7.8 to 8.2 nitrates are 20 to 40 with twice a week water changes . Tank is 120 gal with java fern and Anubius all over 3 large pieces of driftwood .. tank mates are 5 giant danio 3 electric blue acara 2 rose line sharks just lost one to a jump out over night. 2 guianacara and 1 heckelli and a pair of bristlenose
       

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