I just got this ornate bichir about 4 days ago. I'm not sure what these white spots are but I'm hoping that maybe someone here can help me. They look like pale bruises. The scales have lost their color and you can see red/bloodlike areas between the scales inside the white circles. They don't appear to be spreading but they definitely aren't going away and are getting paler in color.
I have two theories.
When the kid at the pet store netted him he spooked him the fish thrashed and it was a heavy driftwood tank and it easily could have knocked itself. this would explain why i didn't see it until I got home if they were fresh.
Perhaps they were already there and I didn't notice in the dim tank the poor fish was in. I hope this isn't a disease, that's my big fear. I've done a large water change and added tetracycline. I figured with open sores it's an invite for infection so I'm going to do small water changes every other day and keep the meds going. I'll also add some salt and raise the tank temps to around 80f.
Any advice would be great, if anyone knows what this is please chime in. All theories are welcome.
I really think/hope they are bruises. My pleco won't stop chasing him to try and suck on him so the pleco is going to get taken into the pet store tomorrow.
Thanks in advance.