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sores on scales

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I have a 150 gal. tank w/ 12 African cichlids. Have had several die lately. They get white/red sores on one or more of their scales. Then they end up dead within a week. There are tiny white "worms" on the glass of the tank and some swimming in the water. What are those and are they getting my fish sick? I've searched the web and can't find ANY info. on these sores. HELP!

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How big are the worms?

 

To begain with, I'd start adding salt, 1tbs/5g. Try to add it gradually so the fish have time to adjust.

 

I would assume the sores are a product of the worms. I'm not very knowledgable about fish illness but I would go to a decent lfs and see what treatment they suggest. You need to get those out as soon as possible, there should not be worms in an aquarium.

 

Also, make sure your water is clean and in the correct pH range. Less than ideal water conditions will weaken fish and leave them open to infection.

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