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This article was worked on by our good friend Nads, this took a lot of her time up to sort it out which will help our members time and time again. Thanks to Nads for this.

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PostAuthor: Nads » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:03

Blackspot is caused by the presence of larval flukes in the skin or fins, it is usually harmless but can be unsightly.

These flukes have a multi-host life-cycle in which the fish is only one stage, they cannot be transmitted from one fish to another as they require all stages of the life cycle to reproduce.

The condition can be seen in wild fish that already had it on importation or can be transmitted to fish in the aquarium if wild snails have been present.

Symptoms

- Small dark spots roughly 1-2mm in size, on the fins or body of the fish

Treatment

- None, the spots should disappear as the larva progresses through the fish stage of it's life cycle.
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