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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Ulcerations on head

Hi folks, i was taking some pics with my new macro lens the other night and unfortunately my male German blue ramarizi seems to have picked up some ulcerations on his head that appear to be spreading. Behaviour is normal, and other fish are not symptomatic. Ulcerations are just on the head.

I haven't come across this before. Please help identify disease and best treatment. Advice appreciated.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 12:12 PM
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Could be hole in the head disease. I haven't want had much luck treating my apistos when they got it unfortunately.

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Bugger. I think you might be right from what I've read and seen looks like hole in the head might be a distinct possibility. I didn't realise it effected the smaller cichlids. Seems to be a variety of opinions about causes and treatments.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Do others agree with the diagnosis?
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Looks like HITH to me. What does the male's poop look like? Does it look white/stringy or resemble a white pearl necklace?

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Nope, poop looks pretty normal. No sign of white or stringy stools.
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Nope, poop looks pretty normal. No sign of white or stringy stools.
Okay. I was wondering because white poop/ pearly white poop usually indicates hexamita in flowerhorn, and if not treated it would lead to HITH. How is your tank's water quality?

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Went through a patch where water changes were less frequent and nitrates got higher than I'd like I.e >30 for a month or so. Is that likely to be the cause? I've got a pair of bristlenose that breed every few weeks so bioload higher than normal too.

Other water parameters normal and no nitrite or ammonia.
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Went through a patch where water changes were less frequent and nitrates got higher than I'd like I.e >30 for a month or so. Is that likely to be the cause? I've got a pair of bristlenose that breed every few weeks so bioload higher than normal too.

Other water parameters normal and no nitrite or ammonia.
It's most likely due to water quality. My flowerhorn had hexamita and it eventually led to HITH. There are multiple reasons for HITH, but having clean water/frequent water changes is a good start.

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Great thanks for all your help. Water changes back on track now. So will see how I go.1
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