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Old 02-21-2011, 09:30 AM   #1 
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Itchy face?!


So I have had CoCo for a month and half now... He just got upgraded to a 5g filtered and heated tank yesterday. All is well.
My consern... since I got him he seems to scratch his face on the rocks... VERY RARELY... Like maybe once every couple days or something... now this has been happening since i got him so i assume if there was anything parasitic or ich related I would have known by now... He poops fine, eats like a pig and swims like a dolphin... so is this normal?

Here is a picture I took of him yesterday. Sorry about the dust on the tank lol.



He has looked the same since i got him... just bluer :P

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:33 AM   #2 
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Here he is a few weeks ago:




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Old 02-21-2011, 09:36 AM   #3 
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Sounds like he has gill parasites...


Is it possible to move him to a 2-3 gallon? It would be much easier to treat him that way.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:38 AM   #4 
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So I have had CoCo for a month and half now... He just got upgraded to a 5g filtered and heated tank yesterday. All is well.

I wrote how big in the first message.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:40 AM   #5 
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Well are there any other symptoms of this?
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:44 AM   #6 
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I know, I just edited it. :P

Other than the rubbing, there is head-twitching, zooming around the tank like he's in pain/agitated, excess flapping/twitching of the gills and trying to cough something up. When you do your next water change, add 1 tsp of aq. salt per gallon- and if he does have parasites, he will most likely exhibit the symptoms shown above.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:45 AM   #7 
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its only the itching thing... but he doesnt do this often.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:48 AM   #8 
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That is still a sign of parasites. When you do your next water change, follow the steps in my previous post, and if he shows any of those symptoms, update me and I'll be able to help. :)
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:59 AM   #10 
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"Gill fluke is a worm that specifically attacks the gill membranes, causing them to turn red and acquire a coating of slime that makes it difficult to breathe. Fish will hang at the water's surface, gasp, and lose weight rapidly"

This is not happening.... I am so confused...
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