Fish Disease Index - Pictorial Guide

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  1. Ron83

    Ron83 Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Great article! Thank you. Do you have any tips to help differentiate between the early stages of ich, brooklynella and velvet? The later stages are easier to identify. I found this very challenging.
     
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    4FordFamily Tang, Angel, & Wrasse Addict R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    You're not alone.

    For ich it's the larger dots, and the slower progression typically over weeks before it takes over

    For velvet the dots are smaller, much more numerous, and over the course of a week it will often go from minimal to a complete takeover coating your fish fatally

    Brook seems to affect the very top and front half of the fish more, and has a tendency to look a bit like a white film or mucous is on the fish in some areas but early stages are very hard to tell, IMO

    Behavior is another way, often velvet will materialize by the fish swimming in to powerheads before you notice spots because the gills are already quite damaged and this pushes oxygen through them and relieves the fish temporarily from suffocating (this is most frequently observed in tangs affected by velvet)

    All three may lead a fish to "scratch"
     
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    JP79 Well-Known Member

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    A must read for all reefers. Nice job.
     
  4. melypr1985

    melypr1985 totally addicted Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    ^^ This exactly. I'll add that sometimes- not always- but sometimes brook can look like ick but "pointy" as bits of slime starts peeling up. I can try to come up with some progression shots, though there's already good ones of velvet in humble's link.
     
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  5. Ron83

    Ron83 Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Someone told me that corals were easy and fish were hard. After 15 years or so of having African Cichlids I couldn't imagine the full truth of that statement. I don't post much but I read this forum a lot. I appreciate (and follow) the experts that we have here. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. You folks have really helped me have a beautiful reef in my living room.


    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/1-year-anniversary.266476/#post-3188714
     
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    IronVulture Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Nice post
     
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    Sticky???
     
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    melypr1985 totally addicted Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    It's already a sticky ;)
     
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    Congaken Well-Known Member Catskill Reef Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Merryl...great, super job...really needed...I'd like to share this on the Catskill Reef...god knows, many of us need it...any way to do that?
     
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    Congaken Well-Known Member Catskill Reef Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Shared with The Catskill Reef...called it extraordinary...Thanks Merryl...
     
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    Cool..............
     
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    excellent article. I actually share this with NON R2R members to help them identify.
    they're not members strictly due to them being computer illiterate lol
     
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    Great job Mel- definitely makes for easier references to find. Now, here's the question. Where do you guys find the time to do all that you do? You, humble,4 ford, and a slew of others. Thanks again!
     
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    4FordFamily Tang, Angel, & Wrasse Addict R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I don't, unfortunately you all get less of me over the past few months. I do my best though and the wonderful community here does a good job of tagging me @4FordFamily where I'm most needed and helpful!. :)

    Thanks for the kind words, Mel and humble and recently Brew are the ones doing most of the work!
     
  15. melypr1985

    melypr1985 totally addicted Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    Thank you. I think we all do it in little spurts when and where we can and rely on each other to pick up the slack when needed.
     
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    I have a blonde naso tang in quarantine and this developed on one of his pelvis fin. Can you identify what this is and how to treat it? I've been using cupramine, but it hasn't disappeared, in fact it gotten larger. The fish is eating and swimming around.

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  17. siracusamedicstudent

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    Any idea what this is
     
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    new2mac Well-Known Member

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    Many, many thanks for the well illustrated, informative and certainly useful guide!
     
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    klp Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Great job as always Mel!
     
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  20. melypr1985

    melypr1985 totally addicted Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    Is there any way we could get a better picture? I'm not sure what I'm looking at in this one.

    I will say that if it looked like ick at first and only got larger, that sounds very much like lympho. I'd like to get a good look at it though
     
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