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oto flashing?

I noticed one of my oto's flashing and scraping on rocks occasionally but the rest aren't
he started doing it after i setup my diy co2 and did some maintenance in the tank (re-planting uprooted plants, vacuuming etc)

its a 38gal, I use flourish comprehensive and potassium at half doses once a week
295gph canister filter
the temp is around 80f
the ph is 6.8 -7
gh around 10 maybe slightly lower
idk the kh
0 ammonia/nitrites and the plants keep the nitrate level 10ppm or less
the diy co2 is 2x 1liter bottles
1 with 2cups sugar 1/2 tsb dry bakers yeast
other is 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1/2 tsb dry bakers yeast
I also change the water once a week

only tank inhabitants are 5 otos 2 pangio loaches
and I haven't noticed any marks dots or soars on any of their bodies

so is there a problem and does anyone know what the problem could be?
is there anything I can do to prevent sickness or should I just wait and see how he does

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should I raise the temp in case its a parasite like early stages of ich before its visible or something?
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Most Oto's prefer a lower temperature than 80F. The common Oto has a range between 69.8 and 78.8F. They probably are fine at 80F but if you drop the temperature a few degrees it might help them and it will allow for more oxygen in the water.

Oto's tend to be sensitive so I would just wait and see how he does.


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hmm
I thought a lot of people had oto's with blue rams (which I plan on getting soon)
and rams like very warm water like 80-85 f
sooo i guess I kinda just figured the oto's would be fine in the warmer temps
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ok he has a spot on his head now that looks a lot like this


found that pic online, it's pretty much identical
white blotches that almost look natural or like an injury
this is the same oto in the pic 5 days later

they weren't able to find out the cause in the thread I found this in http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?...ig-white-spot/ and the oto died soon after

can someone please help ID this in the case it might be the same disease my fish has
I would take pics of my fish but when I try to take pictures of my fish it always comes out as blurr
I cant figure out how to get the camera to focus right and the shutter speed is too sow to catch them.. they are almost always moving

I dont know
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I cant figure out how to get the camera to focus right and the shutter speed is too sow to catch them.. they are almost always moving
manual focus. using flashlight as a light source solves blur problem. flash time is very short so setting shutter speed to max is recommended
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Also the flashing may be caused by sudden change of water hardness.
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Looks like hole-in-the-head disease but I've never heard of it on a fish as small as an oto.
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someonne suggested treating with antibiotics
does anyone know where to get antibiotics for fish? and if there is a certain what kind I would need
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i want to go to the store but idk what to get! someone help please!
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i got melafix
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