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Black head

Discussion in 'Dwarf Cichlid Health' started by Happyfins, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. Happyfins

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    I am concerned about this occurring in a few of my panduro. Previously read it could be a stroke but it seems to be affecting one after the other and they eventually perish. They can't all be stroking out. I have previously on one occasion observed a half black head in an agasizzi female. With half sided symptoms I am more inclined to think of a stroke causing it. This would to me appear to be more husbandry or infection related. Any ideas?
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    "Affecting one after the other" sounds like a slow-growing internal infection, probably bacterial but maybe viral or sporozoan. Loss of pigment control happens when the nerves are infected.
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    Thanks, Gerald.The lack of replies makes me think this is not common and I am now leaning toward something genetic. Other apistos in the tank are not affected and while it has been affecting one after the after it doesn't affect all panduros. Perhaps an inherited brain aneurysm?
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Without a veterinary exam we can only guess. But if it was an aneurysm or stroke, I'd think at least some of them would die quickly. Has this been a slow progression with all the fish that have been affected like this in your tank so far? Is there any info in the veterinary literature or zoo & aquarium journals about strokes in fish? I haven't heard of any.

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