Originally Posted by Viva
Hahahah, yeah I can imagine it'd be almost impossible to get a clear picture on phone. I can hardly do it with a regular digital camera. Although some phones now have like AMAZING quality cameras on them now.
Yeah the iphone camera quality isn't too bad, but its slow to focus, so by the time I've focused he's moved!
In other news for anyone reading, I can't figure out if I'm paranoid about the parasite thing or if he does have them. Have a post in the med section already though it didn't really get any attention.
Basically long story short is:
Bought at Petco 8/18.
Always did a lot of glass surfing, though it did seem he was rubbing against the glass, particularly his head, but I thought he was just doing it for whatever reason non health related.
On 9/1 I set up a new 10 gal and put him in. He still did(does) a lot of glass surfing, but he's very happy, explores his home, etc etc.
9/7 I noticed him starting to very quickly *super speed* rub off of his driftwood, (is this glancing or flashing or are they the same thing?
9/8 I gave him his first dose of API General Cure after big water change. I also dosed my other fish as I shared supplies between them. The next day I saw HIM rubbing on the driftwood, too, which I had never seen.
48 hours later re-dosed both of them. I haven't seen any more of the quick movements, however still the usual rubbing on glass. Oh right and I had also upped the temps, the baby has been at 86-88, the other guy however I think his tank has fallen below 86 at night when we have the AC on all night, but I turned it up in the hopes of it staying high!
That brings us to today, and what should be the last of the treatment. I'm supposed to do a 25% water change today and all is well, according to the API directions. However I don't know that he's actually better. He has had these white spots near his gills however they haven't changed, they aren't fuzzy and they just look shiny and like iridescence, so I don't know if they are indicative of an illness. He also has some red marks on his face in front of his gills, they almost look like veins but I imagine fish veins wouldn't be so big? They haven't changed at all either, but I don't know if they indicate an issue or just his coloration/self. Will try really hard to get pictures.
It seems like the closest guess would be gill flukes, which general cure is supposed to cure. But did it? Can I treat him with another round? Should I try a different medication? How the heck do I tell what behavior and appearance is normal when he has acted and looked this way for all of the time I've had him (well no he's colored up and grown obviously). I FEEL LIKE he is itching himself on the glass, and I feel like something is still bothering him in that sense, but his behavior has always been very active, curious, healthy.
I've also got my snails in QT who can't go in the tanks while being treated for parasites, which is an annoyance and space eater, so I'd love to just be done with the hassle and worrying!