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It's a calcium buildup. Quite likely to come and go. Harmless. Quite often we see very similar posts about unknown issues. Often not an issue at all. Be very aware that medicating tanks and fish without knowing what the ailment is can easily lead to serious problems that never existed. The power of simple clean water will really surprise you. Can you give a little info on the tank size, tank stock and what volume your water changes are? I would also stop salting the water. Fresh water cichlids do very well in fresh water. Brackish species aside, clean pristine water is all you should ever need
 

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Most likely a scrape. RD is a great fish, good wet pet. Mine is 10 yrs old, well over a foot long. Lives alone in a 6 ft 180 g tank. Can you guess where this is going? Your tank is extremely too small for this fish. Please consider a substantial upsize. Short term, Ginger will appreciate more fresh water. Increase volume and frequency until she is getting at least 50 percent twice a week. Gradually so not to shock the fish. Next change double the volume. Then hit it again 4-5 days later. Keep it up while you shop for a bigger tank. I suggest a minimum 60 x18 footprint and 100 plus gallons.
 

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Awesome Connie! If we can carry the Ginger topic just a bit further.. what do you feed her? How often?
 

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Ok.. if I may, and I don't want to come off as preachy...... But, those Tetra sticks are ****. Fish love them because of it, go figure. At her age she really shouldn't be eating every day, certainly not twice per. A stubborn cichlid can try your patience, no doubt, but rest assured they won't starve themselves. Show some resolve and make her eat better. Frozen food is often as much as 75 percent moisture, offers very little in nutrition. Freeze dried on the other hand is far superior. Tried raw fish, shrimp? Live earthworm, mealworm? Virtually anything on the market is better than Tetra sticks. Popular in the mid grade pellet is Hikari or Omega One. High end quality is Northfin or New Life Spectrum. Don't worry one bit if she won't eat. Fish like that can go weeks, no exaggeration, and not eat anything, and show no ill effects. When she gets hungry enough, she will accept what you offer. Make it so,lol!
 

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@Florida Chester. A fresh water cichlid must retain within itself a salinity level higher than its environment. Salting the aquarium, while not making it brackish, not considered medicating either still makes the fish burn calories to regulate itself to it's water. Salt as an everyday component in a freshwater cichlid tank is unnecessary imo. @ Mr. Tobias.. I refer to adult fish, and while Ginger maybe borderline old juvie- sub adult, she doesn't need that many calories. Any given cichlid will retain its last meal for about 4 days. They are genetically able to go long periods with no food, as in the wild food is simply not available at all times. It's good to let our aquarium fish have some lean times. Makes them properly digest , take full advantage of all nutrition. A hungry fish is a healthy fish. Not starving, under nourished by any means, but far from over fed. I'm sure your ,6-7 feeds a week are not harmful in any way, but your fish will do just as well with ,4-5. Keeps the tank and water cleaner too. What goes in always comes out!
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