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My First Tang

Discussion in 'Surgeonfish' started by snailrider, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. snailrider

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    Yep, hope he makes it through quarantine period. He is showing signs of viral popcorn thing forget the name something something cystosis.

    Oh well, what I've read, it will not kill, and when he settles in it will go away, and not very contageous to other types of fish.

    Otherwise seems to have a great disposition eats some, hides some, comes out and checks me out at times, came for the photo below.
     

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    Hard to make out much from the picture, i am aftraid, as to the ailment ( cant actually see any ailment from the picture...lol...besides a tad of whiteness around the mouth )...
     
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    Yea the lighting is dim in that tank. The white on his mouth was way worse when I got him, like puffy lips on the side, I treated as a bacterial, and it is almost gone.

    He just has two white spots, one on the very edge of the top fin, salt size, and a small one on his face. I think if it were ich it would have matured and fallen off in the week I have had him. He is being treated as if he has ich anyway.

    Otherwise, picky eater, but does eat. Looks good all around, a fairly tough little guy.

    It's killing me not putting him in the big tank with all the algae to graze on. But, alas, been there with the ich before, not willing to rerun.
     
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    he looks pretty good to me....nice fish :)
     
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    Mine has been pretty sick since we moved...I just started treating him with melafix today.
     
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    whats the problem with your fish mcsassy
     
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    Well salty, he had been pretty pale for a while and then he started developing some dark brown spots on his face and sides...but was eating and doing normal things. Today he has been hiding like crazy, I put some food in the tank and he came out looking like a zombie...peeling skin, white stuff around his mouth, looking like he wants to eat the food but he forgot how to...sad stuff I must say. He used to be the toughest, healthiest one out of the bunch. You can't take salinity and pH lightly...that's what was fluctuating since we moved the tank and it struck all 3 of my tangs hard, leaving them with ich and fin rot and leaving me with 3 deaths including 2 fire fish and recently my flame angel.
     
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    Sassy, the peeling skin sounds like you might have Brooklynella. http://www.chucksaddiction.com/brookynella.html or do a search in wet web media and other reputable sources.

    Also, why the fluctuation in salinity? That shouldn't be happening unless it's user/topoff error.
     
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    jeez mate thats a nightmare....marines are very unforgiving when it comes to any changes in water chemistry thats what worries me if i ever have to move my tank.....real sorry to hear your losses mate and hope things get better soon.
     
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    Definately sounds like Brooklynella to me (it almost looks like a mix of white spot/velvet/fin rot all thrown at the fish). I should know, I lost all of my stock bar a cleaner wrasse to it 2 months ago.
    Have you noticed any rapid breathing, hanging around in the same place and loss of appetite?
    This disease is very fast moving. Your fish can look fine, be very active and feeding as normal and then an hour later they are dead.
    Here is some info for you:

    http://www.ultimatereef.com/articles/brooklynella/
     
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    Wayne, he died already. Thanks though.
     
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    Gutted. Sorry to hear that.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the losses.

    Update on my Tang.

    He/she is doing well. Spots are gone.

    Treatments as of now have been 3 days in nox ich 1.024 sg

    Move to hypo salinity tank (1 hour acclimation)

    Penicillin for 2 days

    Move to previous tank, cleaned and fresh hypo 1/2 hour acclimation

    another move to 15 gallon qt with hypo

    Treated with eurythromicin

    Next week I will move back to the hospital tank, start raising the salinity. (probaly use copper safe)

    The only real stress I noticed was usually after water changes, and after netting (only had to net once)

    What I am guessing is this fish came from the fish clearing house healthy, picked up the different problems, was still bagged when I bought it.

    Ich, fin fungus, and a bacterial. Three separate things, then stressed some, and was more susceptible.

    He eats algae wafer, and red seaweed. Seems to enjoy trying to get food off the glass and filter pipes.

    Now just hides when I approach, but comes out relatively soon if I just sit still.

    Overall seems to be a great little fish :)
     
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    good glad to hear hes making good progress.
     
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    Well 2 days ago he developed a red raised lesion by his gills, was breathing real fast. Was not active, quit eating had me concerned.

    Been doing regular water change, everything 0.

    Died overnight

    He always had a white stringy like feces hanging, and and when I removed him, I checked this and it was actually solid spike like a fish bone. (about 1/8 inch long)

    It sucks, sure glad I QT this one
     
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    Sorry to hear you lost him!
     
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    thats a shame hes died.
     

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