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    bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    my tilapia have bright red marks on their lower jaws and lower gills. what should i do to treat it and is there a cost effective way? and what is the illness if anybody has any idea of what it might be.

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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    What kind of Tilapia is it? Can you take a picture?

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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    What is your water chemistry like? Any ammonia or nitrite? Is your tank fully cycled?High levels can sometimes cause redness on the fish. That would be the first thing I would check.

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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    it is at school so i will try to get a picture tomorrow. I think the nitrate level is around 50 ppm. I don't know the ammonia or nitrite levels. What makes a tank fully cycled? I believe they are Mozzies. Thanks for the help guys i am freaking out lol

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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    The tank is cycled when enough of each bacteria have colonized your system and can provide the bio-filtration capacity needed for your system. Typically, we say it's okay when the ammonia and nitrite levels are near 0 after the initial dosage of ammonia.

    I wouldn't freak out. One of the kids probably thought It'd be cute to put some lipstick on the fish. Definitely take a picture when you can!

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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    heres some pics I took today I wasn't able to to do water tests yet
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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    most cichlids can change color. Some drastically. It's usually to do with mating or territory or food.

    I have about 22 mozambique tilapia in a 300 gallon stock tank. A couple of my tilapia turned almost completely red. They seem to be the largest two and the most territorial/alpha male type fish. I didnt think anything of the color change and they are much more red than your fish.

    If i can get a good picture, i'll take one and post it for you.


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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    Ok thank you but I have almost every fish in my tank with the red jaw thing and some are 10" some are 3" so it doesn't seem like it'd be a alpha thing

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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    I was thinking the same thing. I have had Tilapia turn completely black on me and they lived a healthy life until the day I ate them!

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    Re: bright red on tillapia's lower jaw

    Well the tilapia alot of them are swimming at a cant and the nitrate level is less then 10 and bio filter is working fine

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