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I predict that you will find a 1/3 full container of Ocean Nutrition garlic pellets on your porch sometime this evening....
Originally Posted by DisneyCoralReef View Post
Fly me in, put me up at a Disney Resort with a 5 day park hopper pass, stock the room fridge with select beverages, and hey, I'd be happy to swing by a day or 2 and give the tank a glance.
By the way, I visited this tank today that is the subject of this thread. I'm pretty sure Brad gave me a few weird looks every now and then and probably thought "what kind of dork actually knows this stuff".
Anyhow, after seeing the tank in person I don't think this is ich (Cryptocaryon). I think it is amyloodinium, which is marine velvet. The spots are much more powder like and hazy, rather than distint white salt grains, if that helps anyone to visualize the disease.
This explains why it has been so stubborn, and why the Clownfish died the deaths they did without us really seeing anything visible in the pictures. It also fits the symptoms of labored breathing.
In any case, I suggested that Brad increase the temperature to 82F and lower the salinity to 1.015, and continue the garlic feedings. He already has a UV Sterilizer running. At this point I think we just wait it out and see how things improve.
Well I cannot say that things are better and at times they seem worse. The Sailfin seems to be covered more than before and the Wrasse is covered in the mornings but not at night. I did have to bring the dkh and calcium up due to the water changes. That is the report for now.
I have not seen the Wrasse for several days and cannot find him in the tank with all the rock, so I assume he is gone. I'm down to the original 2 fish I started with several months ago (the Fox Face and Sailfin). I'm not sure how they have out lived all the other fish considering I thought I was going to lose them in the beginning due to cycling issues (bad pet store advice). I have lost 8 fish in total now $$$$. Of course the Fox Face and Sailfin are back to hiding all the time so I only see them when they eat. As of this morning it looked like most if not all of the ich/amyloodinium on the Sailfin is gone but the Fox Face still has some. This may be good since the Sailfin was covered in it not too long ago, but I'm a little "glass half empty" right now because I have seen this before. It looks like it is gone at times and then a few hours later it is heavy again on that same fish. That happened a lot with the Wrasse and now he is dead, so again I'm just in a waiting game. The Fox Face does seem to be having more trouble breathing so it may only be a matter of time for him also.
Originally Posted by shaggylawson View Post
If you want, rather than mixing up a new batch of water for this, just run the water through a net to catch the cyno algae and then replace the water.
At this point, I would personally lower the salinity further, down to 1.013.
Well so far so good. Since my last post on 3-29-10 the Sailfin has continued to be free of the ich/amyloodinium and the Fox Face is looking and acting a lot better. As of yesterday I did not see much if any on the Fox Face and his eyes have gone from cloudy to clear again. Both are eating well but hide a lot. Somehow these two fish have managed to beat all the odds from the beginning. I plan to keep the same levels and not add anything for several more months. The red algae is still growing rapidly though and has covered a lot of the rock.
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