help identifying these black spots

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help identifying these black spots

Post by Qhoffpauir » Thu May 18, 2017 8:14 pm

These two fish come out of a 75 gallon mixed peacock/ hap tank. I am assuming they are females and I cant really tell you the species. I have about 15 fish in there and from time to time these black spots appear on their body or fins. They eventually fade but will then show up on another fish. I do currently have a blue neon peacock thats not eating I dont know if the that is related or not but I would like to figure out if the tank is infected or not. I also have a 55G mbuna tank that is full of sunken bellies. But they are all eating with ferocious appetites. I know the two tanks have come in contact with each other thru water changes with a common python. I just need help getting on top of this. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: help identifying these black spots

Post by Pete B » Fri May 19, 2017 4:36 pm

It is often referred to as spirulina spots, supposedly due to too much spirulina in the diet, but from my experiences with mbuna, it is stress related. Holding females sometimes show them, even though their food intake is greatly reduced.

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