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Black spots on my clown loach

August 10th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Hey there - I've just discovered one of my smaller clown loaches has lots of small black spots on his face. They are quite dark. I've seen some spots before, but never this may. They look like freckles.

Any ideas??

August 11th, 2008, 03:47 PM
Have u added new fishes to the tank recently? That may have introduced a parasite called diplopstomiasis.

August 11th, 2008, 04:57 PM
No new fish recently. Not for the last couple months, anyway.
Today I can hardly see his freckles at all.

August 11th, 2008, 09:02 PM
hey, do you know what your parameters are?? do any of the others do it also?? im asking around to see if anyone knows what might be up. :)


August 11th, 2008, 11:08 PM
Not sure what the parameters are. I do my water changes and eveything. I noticed them once several weeks ago also and tried to look it up online without any real success. If it is in fact a parasite, it apparently doesn't hurt them or kill them. APPARENTLY. The few times I've noticed the spots, I haven't noticed if they've been on any one in particular of my three loaches, and they disappear by next morning.

August 13th, 2008, 10:54 AM
i doubt its a parasite. its suggested that its likely a mineral or chemical irritant. try picking up a chemical absorbent filter (as your LFS which kind). are you using well water??


August 13th, 2008, 12:03 PM
Nope, just tapwater.
It's really weird how sometimes the spots are so dark and others I can't see them at all. Also, sometimes there are just a few spots and others there are tons.
They are still eating and very active, so I'm not too worried, and I don't see anything on the other fish.
I'll see about getting a chem filter.