AquaticSuppliers.com     Aquatic foods

Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Black spots on my Discus

  1. #1
    New Members
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7
    iTrader
    0

    Default Black spots on my Discus

    I just came home from a week's vacation and I noticed some black freckel like spots on one of my newest discus. Two of my older discus which already had black freckels around their faces, appeared to have more. The only thing I noticed different regarding the tank was the warter temp was a little higher than normal because the I raised the ac thermostat in the house.Does anyone know what these black spots are? Thanks.
    -Mark

  2. #2
    Registered Member poconogal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Pocono Mountains, PA
    Posts
    4,548
    iTrader
    1 (100%)

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    Quote Originally Posted by mdv
    I just came home from a week's vacation and I noticed some black freckel like spots on one of my newest discus. Two of my older discus which already had black freckels around their faces, appeared to have more. The only thing I noticed different regarding the tank was the warter temp was a little higher than normal because the I raised the ac thermostat in the house.Does anyone know what these black spots are? Thanks.
    -Mark
    Sounds like peppering to me. Sometimes if they are a bit stressed peppering can increase, or it can increase in response to a darker background/substrate. Pidgeon Bloods pepper, so do Red Melons. What kinds of Discus is it?

  3. #3
    New Members
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    It's a blue diamond. The other two are orange with black fins and traces of blue in the lower fins-I can't remember their type, but their faces have been peppered for a long time. Is this something I need to worry about?

  4. #4
    New Members dandestroy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    663
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    Nope its all natural.

    It is there because at some point pigeon blood were breeding with an other type of Discus. For exemple i have a few litle discus coming form a cross between a MAlboro red and a blue Diamond, the litle guys are orange with so much pepper that their fin is almost all black.

    Try to put a white background for a day, followed by a black background behind your tank. You will see a lot more perpering with the black background. (they don'T appear, they are always there, its just that light condition and background afect the color you will see form your fish),

    maybe you should put a pic as well (we all love pics here)

  5. #5
    Platinum Member Ryan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Palm Coast, FL
    Posts
    5,726
    Blog Entries
    1
    iTrader
    12 (100%)

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    True blue diamonds should show no peppering. If you have a real blue diamond and it has black spots, it is not peppering.

    Pigeon blood discus do not have the black vertical bars on them like other discus do... instead of being aligned in bars, the black pigment is spread throughout the body, which is why the fish have little black spots or "pepper" all over them. So naturally, the pepper becomes more prominent when the fish is stressed/angry/excited just like bars on regular discus show during these times.

    You said you just got back from a vacation. What is your water quality like? Declining water quality will stress your fish and cause the peppering to show. If you haven't already, I'd suggest a large water change to get rid of high nitrates and other dissolved organics in the water.

    If you can, post a picture of your fish... like I said, blue diamonds should show no black specks.

    Ryan

  6. #6
    Admin April's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    vancouver
    Posts
    7,708
    iTrader
    22 (100%)

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    it must be a blue pigeon. or blue diamond cross pigeon.

  7. #7
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    1,445
    iTrader
    2 (100%)

    Exclamation Re: Black spots on my Discus

    Quote Originally Posted by April
    it must be a blue pigeon. or blue diamond cross pigeon.
    Maybe a Black Diamond, try doing a waterchange, see if you notice less
    spots after the W/C, otherwise you may have the Black spot disease.

    Cliff

  8. #8
    New Members
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    I did a 50% water change just before I left and no one fed them, so I'm sure the water quality is fine. The background of the tank is black. I have never posted pictures before but will try if someone can instruct me. Thanks.

  9. #9
    Registered Member Kindredspirit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Sacramento, Cali ~
    Posts
    10,364
    iTrader
    1 (100%)

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    Black Spot Disease Cliff? I had never heard of that ~ which doesnt mean anything! Do you have a link re that? I wld like to read about it!


    Thanks ~


    Marie ~

  10. #10
    Platinum Member Ryan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Palm Coast, FL
    Posts
    5,726
    Blog Entries
    1
    iTrader
    12 (100%)

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    Remove the black background. Dark colored backgrounds make your discus darker, and will bring out peppering on pigeon-based fish.

    I would still do a water change if it's been a week since they had one.

    Ryan

  11. #11
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    1,445
    iTrader
    2 (100%)

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    Quote Originally Posted by Kindredspirit
    Black Spot Disease Cliff? I had never heard of that ~ which doesnt mean anything! Do you have a link re that? I wld like to read about it!


    Thanks ~


    Marie ~
    Hi Marie,
    Yes, Black Spot Disease, tiny dark spots or black cysts. Treatment is usually
    by using some kind of acid solution. As I recall there is a product called
    Black Spot Control made by Aquatronics(currently out of business).

    Cliff

  12. #12
    New Members
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7
    iTrader
    0

    Default Re: Black spots on my Discus

    Based on pictures from another website, I believe what I have is a red pigeon.It has similar patterns as a pigeon, not solid blue like the blue diamond I saw on the website. The store receipt said it was a blue diamond-so much for knowledgable sales people. Anyway, I can't remove the black paint from the rear and sides of my built in tank, so I guess I'll have to live with the black spots. Thanks for everyone's help.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •