Head and Lateral Line Erosion

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This unusual condition shows symptoms of erosion of the skin around the head and along the lateral line. The affected areas lose colour and appear depressed.

A similar condition, called hole-in-the-head disease, is caused by a parasite known as Hexamita, and may be accompanied by excess mucus around the affected area.

Both conditions are caused by a combination of pathogens but it is more often than not a poor diet that causes the conditions to occur. Treatment is difficult and should start with a change of diet to a more varied and vitamin rich content. Cichlids, and discus in particular are prone to the problem.

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