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  1. Yesterday night my clownfish started flashing. There was nothing visible on his skin. I gave him a freshwater dip. I just got home from work today and he’s got a big white something hanging off his face. It almost looks like some sand stuck by his mouth, but it’s definitely stuck on. Quick background on my tank, it’s new (like 2ish months) and all the fish are newish too. I added a cardinalfish a LFS. Then I added the clown who I got from divers den live aquaria. Then I added a second cardinal from a second LFS. I’ve added coral from local stores and that I’ve ordered online. I didn’t quarantine anyone (I know I know I should have). Both cardinalfish are looking and acting totally normal. I gave the clownfish a freshwater bath for 5 minutes last night. I know it was probably too little too late, but I wanted to do something. Nothing visible came off him. It’s my first tank and I didn’t quarantine because I don’t really have the space or money to set up a quarantine tank. WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?? What’s the cheapest/easiest but still ethical way for me to fix my clown? Aldo let me know if you need any additional info from me.
  2. HingleMcCringleberry

    Need Help! Cupramine not working?

    Hi all. I've really been struggling recently. If you get angry reading this you probably should be. many mistakes were made that WILL NOT be repeated. FOR A DETAILED EXPLANATION READ THE WHOLE POST IF YOU HATE READING AND JUST WANT A SYNOPSIS JUST READ THE BOTTOM PARAGRAPH AND CONCLUSION I have been running two tanks, a 20 gallon and a 30 gallon bio cube. First mistake: I didnt quarantine a rabbitfish. Now the 30 gallon has ich and I cant undo it. For now, the infection is under control and my fish are not symptomatic, but I know my tank will have ich until I go FALLOW. I am tentatively content to rest that issue while I deal with a more pressing matter... my 20 gallon disaster. Second mistake: I bought a fish at Petco AND didnt quarantine. That got me MARINE VELVET. I only mention the ich in the 30 gallon because the one benefit it gave me was helping confirm my diagnosis in the 20 gallon tank. So here is the story. I had just arranged to buy a 75 gallon tank to replace my 20 gallon. I got so excited and went out and bought a tiny blue hippo from petco and put him straight in the 20 gallon. I thought it would be fine because the bigger tank transition was just a few days away (new tank came already cycled). But the tang didnt last two days after breaking out in tons of tiny white spots and eventually looking cloudy right before it died. Soon my coral beauty took ill with the same symptoms and i knew i needed to act fast. I did a lot of research and decided it was probably velvet. I ran to the only pet store still open (look at Petco profiting from their booby-trapped fish) and picked up a 20 gallon long, a bubbler, a heater, a power head, a tiny hang off filter, and cupramine and FINALLY set up a quarantine tank. I removed the filter material that came with the filter and added an empty sponge bag to hopefully grow some good bacteria. I used some of that instant cycle stuff to add a little of that good bacteria off the bat. Finally I added some pieces of PVC pipe for the fish to hide in. I did not buy a copper test kit (they didnt have one). I followed the instructions on the cupramine bottle and added the first dose. Then I caught the angelfish (who wasnt too far gone because he put up quite a fight) and added him to the hospital tank. The coral beauty quickly lost its spots over the next few days. I did not remove the rest of my fish because they weren't showing symptoms and I would have to destroy my rockwork and knock over all my corals and nems to even have a chance of catching all of them. Fast forward a week and all the fish in the 20 gallon still appear and behave as if they are completely healthy but the coral beauty has broken out in white dots again! I dosed the copper exactly as instructed on the days it told me to. I added a total of 40 drops over several days which is half what the bottle told me would reach a therapeutic dose. I had been told that the recommendations on the bottle were overkill but clearly, I needed the full dose so I added the other 40 drops to the quarantine tank. That didn't help, and two days later the coral beauty looked even worse. I figured maybe I was wrong to diagnose velvet and perhaps it was not a parasite but a fungus or a bacteria. I had some Ruby Reef "Rally" lying around and so I dosed the quarantine tank with that too. Sure enough, the spots went away again. I knew if it was indeed velvet and I had just botched the treatment then the velvet was still living in the 20 gallon. So when I finally upgraded to the 75 gallon tank I moved all the rock, sand, and inverts, but added all the fish from the 20 gallon to the quarantine tank. Then I started the timer for 6 weeks until the potential velvet starved in the fish free 75 gallon tank. Mistake 3: I bought more new fish. Undeterred from my past mistakes I picked up a new baby hippo tang from a reputable store as well as a dottyback and added them to the quarantine too. I figured as long as the quarantine tank had to be up and running I might as well take the opportunity to add the new fish I needed to quarantine anyways. Well the velvet came back and the dottyback and baby hippo #2 died in 2 days. Mistake 4?: More fish Well its been 2 weeks since the dottyback and 2nd hippo died. that makes 3 weeks of no fish if you add the days that the 20 gallon had no fish and the days since the 75 has been up and running. I have done 8 50% water changes on the quarantine tank in that time. I make sure to add back the copper I remove each time. The copper should now be at 1.5 times the recommended dose. Everything has been looking healthy so two days ago I went to the LFS and bought a small hippo tang. Today it has some tiny white spots. SYNOPSIS: I didnt quarantine my new fish and introduced marine velvet to my tank. I have seen ich before and this was much smaller and more numerous dots and killed very quickly. I set up a hospital tank and dosed 50% recommended of cupermine. A week later the velvet came back and more fish died so I dosed 100% the recommended dose. The velvet still came back and more fish died again so I upped to 150% dose. I had two weeks without symptoms and I added a new fish and two days later it has velvet. I have been doing proper water changes, I removed all carbon and other filters that arent mechanical, I have no skimmer or UV sterilizer. I am so sure its velvet based on how it looks, how the fish behave, and how quickly it kills. CONCLUSION: What am I doing wrong? Other than the unintended torturing of so many innocent fish. Every time I think I've killed the parasite with cupramine it comes back. I'm at 150% recommended dose for crying out loud. Nothing should be able to survive long enough in the swimming stage to infect a fish. Can anyone tell me what's going on? And why are half my fish totally immune while others die within 48 hours of introduction?
  3. HingleMcCringleberry

    Does Shrimp Cleaning = Sick Fish?

    Hi all, I have a cleaner shrimp in my 30 gallon tank that seems to have a voracious appetite. I’m very happy with the small skunk cleaner and how much he tries to clean my fish. But counterintuitively, this makes me worried about my fish. I know my tank has ich since I had an outbreak in the past, but all my fish currently look and act healthy. No spots or scratching on rocks or any other unusual behavior. My largest fish, a foxface rabbitfish has been getting a lot of attention from the shrimp. The rabbitfish was also hit hardest by the ich in the past. It’s a small tank and I guess it’s not easy to avoid the manic little shrimp (the rabbitfish is moving to a bigger home soon), but the rabbitfish often swims slowly past. The shrimp jumps on and starts to clean and the rabbitfish shakes him off shortly after. Not sure if the fish is asking for it or not. Either way, my real question boils down to this: If my cleaner shrimp is cleaning my fish a lot does it mean my fish is getting sick? Even if the fish shows no signs of infection? thanks in advance to any thoughts and advice!
  4. HingleMcCringleberry

    HELP. Blenny suddenly paralyzed!

    I need help fast! It may be too late this morning I tuned on the lights in my tank and came back an hour later to see my lawnmower blenny on his side at the bottom of the tank. His gills and mouth were wide open and he didn’t appear to be breathing. I assumed it was dead and went to remove it but while I stared in shock my cleaner shrimp noticed the fish and ran up to investigate. The blenny quickly farted forward and then collapsed on its side again. As I watched over the next 5 minutes the leaner shrimp chased the blenny around the side of the tank as the fish tried to inch away in tiny bursts until it seemed completely paralyzed and the cleaner shrimp started picking into its gills and mouth. I was trying to decide what to do when my large serpent star came hustling out and grabbed a hold of the partlized fish which I could now see was barely fluttering it’s gills. I grabbed the fish and put it in the only isolated environment I have. One of those breeder nets that hangs off the side of the tank. That’s where he is now. Totally catatonic. I have ave a rabbit fish. Could it be that? All my other fish and inverts and coral are totally happy and healthy and based on the extremely sudden decline of the blenny I don’t know what could have caused him to die (dont know for sure but he’s not moving same as when I first spotted him). I don’t jnow what happened. I don’t know if my fish is dead or what to do. And I’m worried about my other fish. There are no signs of illness, malnutrition, or injury that I can see on the blenny. Does anyone know what might have happened or what kind of action I should take???!
  5. HingleMcCringleberry

    How often can I dip a fish?

    Hi all. I know there’s lots of literature on how to dip your fish to get rid of parasites. But I want to know how often you can dip a fish and I haven’t been able to find any answers when scanning the forums and web at large. I have a fish that’s gotten to be covered in ich. Very visibly so with large dots. I know dipping won’t eliminate the problem with the parasite still living in my tank. But I dipped my fish this morning in fresh water for 5 mins and watched the majority of the ich fall off or seem to disappear after returning the fish to the tank. I don have a quarantine tank or I would be using it. And I don’t want to treat the whole tank with chemicals if I can avoid it. Currently the fish is behaving as if it were healthy with somewhat elevated breathing but still eating well and swimming normally. In any case. The dip didn’t knock all the white spots off the fish but I was encouraged by the results. Assuming this infection is going to continue to persist to some degree after dipping the fish I am hoping that repeated dips might slowly allow the infection to lessen and the fish to have a chance to fight it off. (Yes it will live on in my tank but it could starve off in time if all the fish are healthy enough to avoid infection no?) bottom line. I do plan to dip this fish again as needed to prevent it from ever reaching a point of no return but I’d like to be as aggressive as I’m able. How often can I dip my fish? Twice a day? Every couple days? Every couple weeks? Etc.
  6. I bought this three-headed frag of acans 2 days ago. They seemed pretty happy until now. I even fed them some frozen mysis last night. but there was always this one corner that seemed to be releasing a little bit of slime into the water. That'ss what corals do when they've recently been disturbed and moved" I said to myself, and I assumed it would just wash away. Then today I got back from work and found that corner oozing lots of slime and can see some exposed skeleton! the other heads seem very happy; no recession as far as I can tell. And even the oozing head seems happy besides. But something is clearly wrong. Did I tear the polyp pacing it in the tank? Is it infected? can I blame this on water chemistry and lighting? I need a diagnosis and I feel like I need to act fast based on how suddenly this injury appeared.
  7. El_Guapo0013

    What is happening to my Acan?

    I got this Acan frag a few days ago. Everything was fine, it was eating and looked good. Suddenly this morning, I noticed a fleshy, bubble looking growth on it. It was tiny so I didn't worry much and figured I would look into it once I got home from work. Once I got home, it was now much bigger. I can see what looks like the coral skeleton in it, but O am not sure if that is new, or if it was part of an existing head, but I feel it was the latter as there was a head there before the bubble showed up. Anyone know what this is? Should I be concerned about possibly losing my Acan? Should I worry about this also affecting my other corals (Hollywood Stunner Chalice, Copper Pavona, Green Birdsnest, Neon Green Ricordea, GSP, Blastomussa Merlitti)?
  8. Floundering_Around

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  10. 10Gaquatics

    Anemone Help!?

    Ok, I have had this 3” GBTA for about 2 months. After a week of it being in the tank I added a 2-1/2” Maroon Clownfish to the system. The anemone was beaten up by the clownfish and all the long bubbly tentacles became short nubs and lost the bubble. After 5 days of the Maroon being in the tank I removed the Maroon, and let the anemone settle down and heal. BUT that was 2 months ago, and the anemone looks almost the same, it hasn’t healed much at all. I feed it once or twice a week (mysis) and it always accepts it. It is under very strong 10 x 3 WATT LEDs it gets about ~340 par where it is. It is still very green-brown color. It expells waste maybe once a week. My tank is 10 months old. It is a 10 Gallon with SPS, LPS, and soft coral comapnions. I run chemi pure blue and a hob refugium packed with cheato algae. I do water changes once every 1-2 weeks. I dose Aquavitro Fuel and Seachem PhytoPlankton. Its other companions is an Ocellaris Clownfish (not hosting) and a Neon Damselfish, with some blue legged hermits and snails (nothing picks at it). Its mouth doesn’t ever gape open. It is a little bit sticky to the touch. It gets 10 hours of lighting a day. (I also give it 1-2 hours of direct sunlight daily with NO ALGAE PROBLEMS. It gets a medium amount of flow. It still expands everyday to normal size, its just a majority of the tentacles are just short. Some have regrown bubble tips and some look like they are nothing. So after all of that is my questions 1.) Will it ever get better 2.) How long will it take to get better 3.) Should I trade it out for a different one at the LFS 4.) Has this happened to anyone else. Parameters pH: 8.3 Salinity: 1.025 Temp: 78.5 F Am./Ni.: 0 ppm Nitrates: 2 ppm Phosphates: 0.03 ppm Calcium: 440 ppm dKH: 9.5 Magnesium: 1430 ppm Thank You!
  11. ihglifelol

    is my dunkan ok or not

    5 days ago. I got a duncan with about 8-10 heads. but in my tank, only 3 polyps fully extend. and the rest sightly open. Im not sure if their sick and i hope because all the ones clozed bave baby polyps growing. my ph levels and nitrate etc are fine though. and my other coral (an acan) is thriving. I never touchted the magfloat to clean algae and they slowly extend a bit more but not fully. is it ok ( I know duncans are moody). i hope it is because it is my centerpiece. please tell me
  12. tgrover35

    Help! Rock Flower Anemone

    Please help me determine what is going on with my rock flower anemone. He has been in the tank for a couple weeks and he seems to have been doing fine. He has eaten some brine shrimp and otherwise has been just anchored to a rock. He now appears to have his mouth open and has a white string of something coming from it. It would seem that he may be dying, but I’m not sure why or if that’s right. Should I try to let him ride it out or remove him?
  13. I have cycled a Biocube that I recently stocked with a Fire Goby, a cleaner shrimp, a pistol shrimp, a Yasha Goby, A Cardinal fish, and some frags. Everything else is doing great, with the exception of the cardinal, which is now lodged under a rock with a cherry under his eye. He's been fine thus far (he's been in there two days) but now he is whittling away. Is there anything I can do for him?
  14. LJR

    Odd Yasha Goby behavior

    I currently have a 5 gallon tank that is currently on life support. I'm preparing to move it's contents (the shrimp goby pair and a single hermit crab - many disasters ?) into a 29 Biocube, but it houses a yasha goby - pistol shrimp pair in the meantime, as it has for the past 8 months or so. They've been doing just fine, until about two nights ago. The morning was business as usual, with the fish out and about, but when I went to see the tank after lights out the yasha goby seemed very ill. It was swimming vertically into the glass, shoved into the corner, jumping out of the water, etc. It's burrow was plugged up as usual. I ran a few tests, everything was as usual, so I went to bed. He disappeared in the morning, and two days later he popped up again, business as usual? Anyone know what happened here? The two of them have grown on me, and it would be awful to lose them this close to the move. Thank you, and sorry for the long post, -LJR
  15. Hey everyone! I just noticed some "flaking" on my oldest clownfish and i'm really nervous! i dont want to lose her, what does she have?! I have posted a pic so everyone can see. water parameters: ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 5~ i recently changed salts (if that matters) i did a 20% water change. I was using aqua forest, and now i changed to frits rpm. please help! I really want to act fast in hopes of saving her. Last night, i fed her and she ate no problem. Its only been 1 day that i've seen this flaking of her scales on her (its on her right side). I added some stress guard that i had in hopes of calming her down and healing abit until i can find out what i really need to do! thanks
  16. Hello, I'm really worried about my clowns. I have 2 clownfish in a 10g FOWLR; tested the water last weekend, and the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates are at zero, pH at 8. Everything was fine until my male clownfish had some stringy poop a few days ago and stopped eating today, so I put a dose of Prazi-pro in the tank. A few minutes later, my female clownfish starting doing backflips, completely flipping from head to tail. This is NOT twitching/dominance, etc. When I try to Google this all I find is responses about clownfish shaking and this is completely different. I uploaded a video at the link below, hopefully it will finish processing soon. She had been totally fine before and seems to have calmed down since. Both are acting lethargic near the sand right now. I'm new to the hobby and leaving on Wednesday for Thanksgiving so would really appreciate any advice to help heal both my clownfish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wghCRVniQZA
  17. JoeMan02

    Favia missing heads

    Hey guys! just picked up a watermelon favia colony that I bought at an auction and it seems to be missing two heads right in the middle. The auction picture showed that it used to have them. Whats going on? should I be worried about this?
  18. JoeMan02

    red digi polyps retracted

    SPS Issues strike again! Any idea what this could be? The polyps on my digitata are retracted and have been all day. Im worried about it, but that could just be because one of my acros just died from tissue necrosis. Water tests fine, I cant test my alk because i ran out of tests. i moved it to less light. It was pretty high up in the tank but my lighting isnt SUPER powerful. HELP! Â
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