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Offline VanessaChapman

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Lymphocystis
« on: May 23, 2013, 05:02:05 AM »
I'm new to this site - trying to see if I can get some advice on how to diagnose my African cichlid. I will try to figure out how to attach an image.

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 07:00:05 AM »
Hi Vanessa. I've not seen this much tbh but I did see it once on another forum. I think it's caused by bad water conditions and can be cured by simply making those conditions better.
I'd do a big water change, say 75%. Don't overfeed your fish either. Maybe fast them for a day, then feed them small amounts. Carry on doing 70% waterchanges weekly.
How often do you usually do a waterchange?
What do you feed your fish?
What size is your tank?
What is your stock?
Just trying to find the cause now ;)
Look after your water and your fish look after themselves.

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2013, 07:29:35 AM »
Looks fungal to me like, would do as Stiggy says big water change, cleaning your substrate and everything in your tank as best you can, then maybe 2 or 3 more changes every 3-4 days. Get some fungal treatment and see how it goes : )
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013, 02:47:04 PM »
Thank you for the replies.  Water changes have been every couple weeks. He was in my 126 gallon but has been quarantined to a 42 gallon. Temp in there has been about 80.  I feed all my fish the usual cichlid crisps or the pellets.  I'm still learning all the different types of Africans - but I have a huge mix that include a Frontera, a yellow banded Tropheus, Bumblebee, Peacock, Red Jewel, and electric blue Johanni to only name a few.  I believe they encompass all lake areas and have all been compatible and healthy. I will try to post a video.

I will do whatever it takes to try to help him get better - my fish are like my kids and I hate seeing him like this!

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013, 02:52:23 PM »
Hi Vanessa  :thumbup  Africans really need great water quality  :nod:  Because there very messy fish.
I'm guessing you do a water change on the 126 gallons every two weeks  :no:  What type of filtration you got on it please,because I'd do at least a 60 to 70% water change every week on a tank that large  :nod:
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013, 11:37:45 PM »
I have a Cascade 300 and a smaller one to catch extra debris.

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2013, 12:08:22 AM »
Welcome to the forum Vanessa,


It does look like a fungus, you could try this treatment on him: esha 2000 it is cheap and very good plus its filter safe.


For your main tank, am I right in thinking a Cascade 300 is a hang on back filter?  If so I would say your filtration isn't up to the task for your big tank and I would recommend investing in a canister filter also doing weekly water changes will help keep your water in better condition for your fish.

Hope this helps

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 12:19:25 AM »
Welcome to the forum :)

I agree with Justin on the filtration.  It's a nice big tank and I think it needs a nice big canister for your filtration. 

I don't know if its the light shining through the tank or the colour of your bulbs but the water looks quite yellow?  A big water change may clear that up.... Unless its the light of course?  :)

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 12:32:23 AM »
I really appreciate all the suggestions and tips. Sorry I didn't explain that the cascade I have is a canister filter. I do have a smaller hanging one as well. I do need more regular water changes as 20+ fish can get the tank dirty fast. My Tropheus loves the algae though. Some of the yellow is lighting but I've noticed that too. I will have to post another pic after a good cleaning as I am so proud of my african beauties.

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 09:26:34 AM »
Vanessa have a look at your External filter love(name number ),and could you please tell me it's GPH & what size tank upto please ? Just alittle worried you need more filtration as Justin said  ;)
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2013, 10:52:30 AM »
Is that wood you have in the tank? That may be causing the yellow water . It may also lower the pH which is not so good.
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2013, 10:52:30 AM »

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2013, 10:58:23 AM »
Yeah I'm thinking your right Andy,it's tanning the water  :no:
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2013, 11:05:50 AM »
Is this a job for a bit of Carbon in the filter Dean? And large water change.
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2013, 11:09:22 AM »
HELL YEAH  ;)  And I'd check that my filtration was upto scratch  :nod:
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2013, 11:17:31 AM »
defo Dean  :nod:
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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2013, 09:55:40 PM »
I did a water change as suggested about 75% with both tanks. I think it yielded some great results. My Kenyai is looking much better, and the lymph is less enflamed and red.  My other tank looks much clearer too.  I don't have wood in the tank, although it looks like it.  Everything in the tank was purchased at Petsmart and are tank decorations - it's a log they like to swim through. I will have to continue with weekly water changes in my quarantine and will report back on the results. I have to check on the canister filter info. I may need another with all the fish I have.

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Re: Lymphocystis
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2013, 10:05:34 PM »
A lot better Vanessa  ;)  Just keep the water changes up,and your fish will  <3  You for it  ;)  Also try not to forget about your filtration  :10  The better the filtration,the easier the upkeep will be  ;)  You want too turn your water over about 6 to 10 times an hour k bye  :nod:
3 Wild Melanochromis Auratus ( Mbenji Island ) 3 Synodontis
2 F1 Labeotropheus Trewavasae MCat & 3 OB females
4 Pseudotropheus Saulosi,
5 Cynotilapia Afra Jalo Reef.        
3 Pseudotropheus Acei Ngara white tips
2 Yellow Labs,6 Metriaclima Zebra Chilumba ( Maisoni Reef )
1 Pseudotropheus Ndumbi Redtop
3 Pseudotropheus Elongatus Mpanga