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Hi there my boyfriend and I have a 55 gallon fish tank and we have had the algae eater for about 1 years and he's a pretty good side. Well today my boyfriend found are algae eater somewhat floating at the top and he started to move and when he did he notice these few spots there's one on it stomach and one on his back were they look like he was attack but wasn't his skin is peeling away pretty much and we can't figure out what we need to do. We have given the tank a clean and added stuff to remove any fungi or parisies. But he not eating and hasn't for a couple of days what percussion should we take???

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If he is a pleco, then the main problem is the size of his tank. They get very large, 18 inches I have seen, and need to be in a very large tanks. If the tank is too small, the body of the fish will stop growing, but the internal organs do not stop growing. This will cause a very painful death. Give the medication a week or so to work through the fish. If you have the carbon in your filter, make sure to remove it or it will remove all the medication from the water. Let me know how he is doing in about 7 days or if he gets worse before then.

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Jaymie Johnson

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I have 30+ years experience in freshwater aquariums, including the 23 years I was in the Marine Corps. I am very knowledgeable in fresh water aquariums and can answer any question regarding them. Currently I am breeding Betta's and can answer any question that pertains to them. I am very knowledgeable in the cycling of an aquarium from start to finish. I know all about filters, and currently make my own. If I do not know the answer to your question, I will research it and give you the information that I find. I am also knowledgeable in freshwater diseases and can tell you what needs to be done to treat them.FYI......I am male not female. Don't let the name fool ya. lol

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I have had aquariums all my life and have had many different types of fish.

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The only education I have is from both raising the fish and reading everything I can find about them.

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