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I have an established 38 gallon tank running an Aquaclear 70 w/a 1 gallon refugium. I use Prime and feed a rotation of Omega One color tropical flakes, sinking pellets, frozen food (bloodworms, spirulina brine shrimp) and live food (microworm and white worm - all self-raised). It gets weekly water changes of 40-50% with spot cleanings of gravel twice a week - nitrites, nitrates and ammonia are at 0, pH is at 6.2. The only decorations are live plants (MANY of them) and mopani wood.

Tank stock: 5 harlequin rasboras, 5 glowlight tetras, 2 otocinclus, 2 female guppies, 2 female platies and 1 golden honey gourami

Problem A) One of the female platies (a red mickey mouse variety) has a little white dot on the beginning of her caudal fin - I want to suspect ick but it's one isolated spot; the rest of her fin and body are fine. She is swimming and eating normally. I am gradually increasing the temperature in my tank (it is now at 78F) but so far the spot remains.





Problem B) About a month ago I lost my dwarf gourami suddenly and without apparent cause. He was gasping at the surface and unable to swim correctly, though he still had his brilliant coloration and no apparent wounds on his gills or any part of his body. I performed several water changes following and monitored my other fish closely but none were affected - all were and are completely fine. I introduced a honey gourami yesterday evening (lights off, floated for 10 minutes and drip acclimated for 15-20). He ate perfectly fine when I fed at night and today. HOWEVER, he swims from end to end of the tank, darting from one side to the other (close to the glass). He's been doing this since I noticed it this afternoon at around 2 PM. He only calmed down when I gave food. I got him from my local Petco after observing him in the tank for 2 weeks - he has no torn fins, no bloating, eyes are clear and fins are not clamped. The only thing I could say that seems weird to me is that his spine/central body seems to show through his flesh and skin - I'm not sure if this is a sign of illness or normal?







PLEASE HELP ME!
 

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The gaurami doesn't look particularly sick. Has it settled in since you posted or is it still having issues?
Same thing with the mollie. If it is ick you will see more spot shortly. Does the spot look like part of its color or is it a growth on the surface of its skin?
 

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I bought 4 honey guoramis. I had them a month or two and one was fine one night and the next day I found him dead, still had hos color and looked fine. I bought 2 more so I brought my total to five and a month later same thing, looked fine one night next day dead.
 

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that "ich" spot, could be sort of like a pimple. I'd doubt you see a singular ich cyst. So long as it doesn't start spreading and multiplying, I wouldn't worry about it as chances are it'll either stay there and never have any negative affect on anything; or it'll disappear over time.
 

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I don't think I have ever seen one single spot being ich. I find it is more like they are growing /spreading/ changing as I watch. If it is still a single spot--not ich. White dots are something to watch but not worry too soon.
Some fish are just emotional wrecks for a time and might be expected to settle down.
 
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