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Hi Diana,

    I hope I'm wrong, but this sounds suspiciously like Mycobacteriosis,
more commonly referred to as fish tuberculosis. It's greatest claim to fame
is that it is communicable to humans. I suggest you don't work in the tank
with your bare hands if you have any open cuts or sores on them until you
know for sure.

    This disease seems to be particularily common in Rainbowfishes, but I
have also read that it shows up with some frequency in Rams (Baensch
Aquarium Atlas vol. 1, p.748).

    I won't go into a lot of detail here, but you can check the link below
for more information.



Ron Barter,
Perth, Ontario

> Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 17:27:11 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Diana Berberich <fishfaceid at yahoo_com>
> Subject: Rams
> Hi Folks:
> I know this is off topic but I am curious.  I have
> a 40 gal tank for growing out some of my plants,  with
> some Rams that are breeding.  They have produced 2
> clutches.  Today I noticed the male has half his head
> a dark colour and the other half is normal colours.
> There is a distinct line down the center of the head
> from the caudal fin to the mouth.  He looks like a
> custom paint job.  But even I know that is not normal,
> despite the fact he behaves normally and appears
> healthy.  Anyone have some idea what this is about?
> Thanks, Diana