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Spots on angel's fins?

I was just curious as to what everyone's opinion was on my angel's spots. I don't know if spots could be considered "normal" on angels (couldn't really get a definitive answer online). The angel is acting completely normal: no fin clamping, not hiding in a corner, eating normally, etc.

The spots are not white per se, they are more of an opaque-grey color. If I do end up needing to treat the fish, what would you recommend?
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Fish get those from time to time. Just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't turn into ich. You could dose a little pimafix which helps finnage issues, but it probably isn't anything.
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could just be color. my mom has a koi that after about 2 years old got a spot on its dorsal like that and with in a couple months the spot turned iridescent. my platiunum pearl scale blues started out with clear fins and as they got older turned white. so it could just be color showing up as it gets older
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Update:

all three of my angels now have it. Should I just go ahead and dose the tank with some pimafix? What's weird is that none of my rasboras have the spots.
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Pimafix might help but its really only an immune booster. But it surely can't hurt at all.

Can you tell if the spots are raised or textured at all? Are they changing in size and/or color? Like wicca said, it might be a maturity thing. The one you posted pictures of looks fairly young. Keep an eye on it. I have seen spots like that turn into ich on angels in the past.
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are they acting any different? if the other fish are not affected i would not treat the tank. if you dont know if they are ill or its just color change i wouldnt not treat. like i said mine did this as they got older and the fins changed from clear to more opaque. fish are like humans if you keep putting chemicals in the tank to treat and they are not sick it just helps bacteria build up to it where the meds wont be affective. can you get a better pic of it. is it fuzzy looking or just a white spot that is flat? what makes you think its sick to start with? ich is small like grains of salt not big patches
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I just think that it's odd that the other two angels got these large patches overnight. One of them has a couple spots on its body. They don't look fuzzy, just greyish/opaque patches. It looks like the spots are flat, or slightly raised, which is another alarm to me.

What about adding salt?

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what type of angels are they? that will play a big part in how they color up. also what other fish are in the tank? plecos and corys dont do well with salt and there are several other types of fish that dont do well with salt. when i got my blue platinum pearl scale angels they looked like the one in the pic as they got older they started getting spots to them and the pear scale came in as they got older. yours look really small maybe quarter size at best so they are really young still. if you can get some other pics it would really help.
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Two are gold veils and the third I'm not sure. The only other fish in the tank are harlequin rasboras. I took a closer look at the third one just now and it has a raised white spot on its gill flap. I'll be uploading pics in the next few minutes.
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Here are some pics. These are the best I can get with my phone without getting too close to scare off the angels/have them back away from me.
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the gill plate is the only think i would worry about but im not sure what it is
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anyone have any ideas?
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Water changes, those can be indicative of water quality issues. I would never recommend pimafix or melafix.
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Water changes, those can be indicative of water quality issues. I would never recommend pimafix or melafix.
I don't think it is a water quality issue: I do water changes once a week and my parameters are all good; the tank has been up for over a year with no issues. The only thing that I could think of with it being a water quality issue is the indian almond leaves I added last week (there are 7-8 in there, 90 gallon tank with a 20 gallon sump), but that doesn't really make sense to me.
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