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Went to feed the fish today and noticed that my larger geophagus jurupari is starting to show a reddish/magenta color. It's very clearly visible at the base of all his fins and you can see it in his face as well. His behavior seems normal but his tail is kind of clamped up a bit more than usual. Like the opposite of being fanned out.

Is this normal? Is it a symptom of a disease?

I can't capture it with my camera... the flash seems to wash it out. It's a very distinct blood red look. Came out of nowhere.
 

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I took a few pics. The flash definitely washes it out some. Since there's no image upload here, I put them here:

http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forum ... ost1766097

My girlfriend is also concerned about the white sheen on his tail, but I think that's just from the light hitting it differently since it's more scrunched up.

The more I watch him the more I'm concerned. He has come out into the foreground and flared the fins, but mostly he's wedging himself back behind a rock. It's near his usual hiding place but he's just wedging his way in even if it means being diagonal, nose-down.
 

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It's just him and a much smaller new guy we added a month ago. There were the two orange heads too but they're in a separate tank.

I'll check out that forum, thanks.
 

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I think the flash is making him look a bit different than his usual appearance, which is very jurupari-ish. Then again, the fish store has been known to mislabel things. Nothing I've ever come across has made me suspect otherwise, though.

Anyway, no changes, other than that a month ago it went through the heat/salt ich treatment, so it has been gradually reducing the salt level with every water change. All my measurable parameters are OK, and in fact that nitrate was shockingly low (given the dosage I put in to the planted tank regularly).

My first reaction (other than posting here) was to do a 50% change, which is when I added that blue background (which looks really cool right now with the blue night lights on). He's out and about right now and seems OK, but the fins are still a bit clamped. It's almost like they're a bit stiff compared to the smaller guy's, who are flowing freely. He is paddling with his side fins but they just seem like they're stiffer. Maybe it's just all in my head. It's just odd, this guy has been sort of a rock through all the other issues my tanks have had (2 columnaris plagues among the barb populations, temperature fluctuations, moves, aggressive visitors, etc), and this is the first time I've ever noticed anything different about him at all.
 

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Interesting. So I've had this fish for almost two years and have thought it was a jurupari all along. They've got one at the store now too, I'll have to tell them to change it.

Odd though, that today was the first day ever that he has shown red like that. Is it permanent? Cause I guess if there's no cause for concern I'd almost prefer that he stayed that way. He'd be more interesting overall with a bit more color.

According to someone at MFK (I posted a pic of the newer smaller guy in that thread linked above) the new one is a jurupari though. So I guess we know that the original one isn't coloring up for breeding reasons.
 

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Yeah, the new guy when viewed straight on has spots as well.

I've learned a lot today!

The store labels them Geophagus Jurupari. So I'm not sure if that's a GT-like acceptable name or not. I'll be there tomorrow and mention to them that I learned the difference.
 

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His fins seems to be getting worse. The left side even has a small hole in it. Only the top fin appears normal. I'm worried that he has a parasite of some sort. Can't really find any similar examples searching the web though.

Behavior is normal, from what I can tell, and he's not being harassed by anyone in the tank.

Any ideas/suggestions? I've got a whole bunch of medications but I've got no idea which ones would be the best to use for this.
 

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His fins seems to be getting worse. The left side even has a small hole in it. Only the top fin appears normal. I'm worried that he has a parasite of some sort. Can't really find any similar examples searching the web though.

Behavior is normal, from what I can tell, and he's not being harassed by anyone in the tank.

Any ideas/suggestions? I've got a whole bunch of medications but I've got no idea which ones would be the best to use for this.
 
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