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Hey all, I finally just got done doing the heat/salt, and then cout treatment on my main tank for a couple of suspected things (i think some of my new peacocks brought in gill flukes :oops: ) anyway, since before the treatment until now my lemon jake has had all these small black spots randomly on him. They look literally like pepper, or like a black ich.

When I first started treating with salt and heat, I worked up the tank to about 1 tablespoon/gallon, and roughly 87 degrees. I kept this for 3 weeks and they showed very little improvment. So I slowly lowered the heat and salt, and started treating with clout (it was then I thought they might also have bloat) I followed the bloat treatment steps listed here, and its finally gone, although I lost 2 fish.

But the spots on my lemon jake are still there, and have not changed! I think I might also see a spot or two on my venustus but I'm not sure. I thought that since I used clout it should have taken care of the spots at the same time, but I guess not?

It is really strange too, there is very little flashing in the tank, and everyone who survived the treatment is happily eating and swimming about.

Anyway, I can't get pictures up right now, it will have to wait until the weekend as I am across the state. but my tank stats are:

ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
nitrate: <20
Ph: 8.1

Tank: 85 gallons, set up about 4 months ago, with some aulonocara, labs, and acei.

I do 30% water changes each week, and try and maintain 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons of salt normally.

If anyone can give me a clue to what this is, and how to treat it I would be thankful.


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I'm feeding NLS 1mm pellets, with a little bit of Omega 1 flakes every once and awhile.
Stock list is:

3 Acei
3 Yellow Labs
1 N. Venustus
1 Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Undu Reef) "Lemon Jake"
1 Aulonocara Stuartgranti "Chiwindi"
1 Aulonocara Stuartgranti "Ngana Flame Tail"
1 Protomelas sp. Steveni Taiwan "Taiwanee Reef"

The guys just died:
1 Otpharynx Lithobates (just died)
1 Red Ruben (just died)

I removed these guys, to the hospital tank while I used clout:

2 Synodontis petricola
2 Bristle Nose Pleco

Aggression is fine, once in awhile someone will get chased across the tank, but it is never for very long.
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