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some of the fish in my tank have white spot, my turtle appears to be fine, does anyone know of any white spot treatment stuff i can use to sort the fish but not upset the turtle?
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I'd be a bit dubious about trying any of the standard treatments with turtles in the tank, to be honest- I don't know that they can be damaging, but I don't know they can't, either!

Also, no offence to you, but most people use more than the stated dose every time. I think you have three choices: Take the risk, and use them with all the animals still in the tank; take out the turts and treat the tank; or move the fish into a temporary tank and treat them there. The last seems the best to me, as even with partial water changes you can never be sure you've removed all the treatment, plus a lot of them tend to kill off filter bacteria. Hope that helps.
 

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I'd play it safe and remove the turts while treating the fish.
 

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I might be remembering completely wrongly, but with white spot, do you not have to treat the tank itself, as well as the fish? I'm sure I read that it can be in the tank and come back to your fish, even after you've cured the fish, if you know what I mean!
 

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I might be remembering completely wrongly, but with white spot, do you not have to treat the tank itself, as well as the fish? I'm sure I read that it can be in the tank and come back to your fish, even after you've cured the fish, if you know what I mean!
thats what i thought, ergo youd need to do the turtle too?
 

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Do turtles get white spot the same as fish? I just googled and got nothing :hmm:

I did find this Why do my fish get white spots? - Yahoo! AnswersWhich details a method for treating white spot in fish that would be turtle safe (I think, not sure about the concentration of the salt without checking though)
 

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Do turtles get white spot the same as fish? I just googled and got nothing :hmm:

I did find this Why do my fish get white spots? - Yahoo! AnswersWhich details a method for treating white spot in fish that would be turtle safe (I think, not sure about the concentration of the salt without checking though)
No, white spot is fish-specific. There is no chance the turts can 'catch it'. My concern is that I don't know what effect the treatment might have on a turt. I know (for example) that most are copper-based, and have a really bad effect on invertebrates- especially snails- but I don't know the effect on reptiles. If any. I would rather safeguard my turts than any incidental fish, but that's my priority:lol2:

EDIT: Actually, back in the Stone Age, a salt bath was one of the standard treatments for white spot- and it involved hoiking out each fish individually, rather than treating the tank. It worked, though.
 

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No, white spot is fish-specific. There is no chance the turts can 'catch it'. My concern is that I don't know what effect the treatment might have on a turt. I know (for example) that most are copper-based, and have a really bad effect on invertebrates- especially snails- but I don't know the effect on reptiles. If any. I would rather safeguard my turts than any incidental fish, but that's my priority:lol2:

EDIT: Actually, back in the Stone Age, a salt bath was one of the standard treatments for white spot- and it involved hoiking out each fish individually, rather than treating the tank. It worked, though.
i was under the impression that the white spot would remain in the water etc. would i be best getting the fish out and treating them and then doing a full water change?
 

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White spot (Iscthyopthiriasis) is a really nasty protozoan parasite that used to be treated by colouring the tank water with methylene blue. Another treatment was putting the fish in 2% mercurochrome solution ( 1 drop to 1 litre water) for around 2 hours a day. I dont know if the treatments have changed as these were from my teen fishy days but both these home treatment options are totally unsuitable for turtles....
 
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