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I've had my barbs for 1 1/2 years, and kuhlis/sterbais for a year. I didn't QT the barbs since they were the first fish I got and had no problems. I QT'd the kuhlis/sterbais by waiting a month in the qt tank, and they didn't show any signs of disease. One of my barbs has some weird growth on his tail that's only on him, and noone else. It looks like something white is attached to his tail, maybe 1 mm in size. He's eating, and hasn't changed. My question is this: I'll be transferring the fish from a 75g to a 20g for a day or two until I move the 75g to the new place, and was wondering if it was worth it to treat with PraziPro for a full week. A week should also be enough for an parasites in the tank to die off I'm assuming, or would I have to sterilize the tank too?
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Do you have a picture of the growth?


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Prazi works on internal parasites.
If the white looks fuzzy it is likely a fungal infection .
If it is not fuzzy read up on columnaris...
I might be inclined to euthanize the fish if you are moving them all and have to catch it anyways.
It will be much harder in a 75. Meds will cost more also....

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Putting chemicals into the tank water is risky. You don't know how if the fish will tolerate the medication. It would be better to simply add a bit of standard aquarium salt to the water change water. I dose a good teaspoon to every 5 gallons of replacement water and I change out at least half the tank water weekly. Pathogens and parasites won't tolerate traces of salt and pure water conditions. The salt will ease the stress and boost the immune system if you have a sick fish. Do a good job of vacuuming the bottom material too. If there are parasites in the tank, some will be living in the substrate.

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Putting chemicals into the tank water is risky. You don't know how if the fish will tolerate the medication. It would be better to simply add a bit of standard aquarium salt to the water change water. I dose a good teaspoon to every 5 gallons of replacement water and I change out at least half the tank water weekly. Pathogens and parasites won't tolerate traces of salt and pure water conditions. The salt will ease the stress and boost the immune system if you have a sick fish. Do a good job of vacuuming the bottom material too. If there are parasites in the tank, some will be living in the substrate.

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Putting chemicals into the tank shouldn't be risky unless you are guessing at what the problem really is. There are a variety of medications (for fish, other animals, humans etc.) that are directed at certain diseases/ailments/symptoms and have been proven to work very well for those exact problems. So if you can definitively diagnose something and treat accordingly it really shouldn't be looked at as risky. Salt might help the fish to a very small degree but it is not going to eradicate pathogens nor parasites. Certainly not at the small dosage you're using.

@Igor95 Can you snap a picture of what you're seeing? Chances are the fish has not been suffering from this for the 1.5 years you've had it so I'm not sure a QT procedure would've helped. Sometimes fish can incur a physical injury like a bruise or a scrape that become irritated or infected. Certain fish also develop pimple like cysts that aren't much to worry about. So it might not be anything too crazy. Sometimes increasing water change frequency and making sure you're really keeping up on husbandry and maintenance can bring a fish back quickly too.

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Sorry guys, I have a few pictures I'll post them below. It's the barb on the top, top of the tail. It looks too small to be Lympho, but I can't contribute it to anything else since his behavior hasn't changed at all, no symptoms. If it was anything, I would've lost some fish, or atleast the one effected. No fish losses for the 1 1/2 years I've had them now, so I'm guessing logically it's just a deformity of sorts? After reading every article I found on Lympho, apparently barbs can't contract it. Here's a nice article if someone comes across this thread sometime. FA181/FA181: Lymphocystis Disease in Fish
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Judging by the lack of replies, I'm guessing you guys are as confused as I am
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that little white spec on the tail that almost likes like a singular grain of salt? I wouldnt worry about that so long as you dont see more appear on that, or any other, fish in the tank.

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It's a bit bigger than a grain of salt, but yeah it's been there a while. From the side it looks like a growth on the tail, almost like something is attached to it.
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Hello iks...

Unless you have a good working knowledge of fish biology, which most of us don't, you can't be certain what's going on with a sick fish. I would discourage anyone from putting chemicals into the tank water. The safest approach would be to keep the tank water extremely clean, dose a bit of standard aquarium salt and clean up the bottom material. The simplest method is most times the best.

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I have loaches/corys, don't want to dose salt
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