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The dreaded Crypto on new CB Angel

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The dreaded Crypto on new CB Angel
Old 12-09-2008, 07:21 AM   #21
 
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Just curious, do you feed your flakes on the surface, or do you hold them under the water? Most marine fish are more comfortable if you hold the flakes under the surface, allow them to absorb water, and then release into the water column. For sick fish especially, having the flakes drift into their part of the water column is more likely to encourage feeding.

Still, great news on the CB. Remember, 90 days from last spot until you can confidently say it is cured!
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:37 PM   #22
 
Pasfur,

Actually this was the first time I had ever fed flake food. My normal feeding regiment consists of a slow sinking mini pellet. I forgot the exact brand (i'm not at home to look), but it has a blue lid and says "spectrum" on the label. I also feed Mysis shrimp 2 or 3 times a week, and to the CB angel I typically feed mysis more often to help to get it to eat. Up until now he hasn't been very interested in anything, but just this morning I put some mysis in there and he ate several of them right away, which is great!!! He's looking much better by the day since the FW dip.

Now i'm still not completely sold on the whole FW dip procedure, but in this particular case it happened to be the correct thing to do...
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:40 PM   #23
 
Okay, so it's been a week and therefore time for an update...

The CB angel is doing well. His coloring is richer than I have ever seen it, and he eats almost anything I put into the tank. Yesterday I did a large water change over 50%, so the copper level is probably very very low at this point. After all, I only dosed once to .5mg/L of cupramine and I left it that way for the treatment period of about 3 weeks. I'm tempted to move him back to the tank, but I'm sure that would prove disastrous, so he will still be in quarantine for a while longer. This weekend I'm planning another FW dip since he is still 'flashing' or scratching on things occasionally. I believe I still need to treat for the flatworms.

It's actually been kind of nice to have a fish in quarantine early on in the game. Since I'm basically prohibited from adding fish for a solid 3 months I've taken the opportunity to introduce some corals to the tank. I've put in some Kenya trees, a nice looking toadstool leather, some sun corals, and a green monti-cap. I've heard that centropyge angels are occasionally not reef safe though... Does anyone think that this quarantine procedure might kick that habit were it one? I'm just wondering... I also have read about many instances of this fish being totally at home in a reef setting.
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Old 12-24-2008, 12:18 PM   #24
 
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My CB has not been a problem in my reef. Other hobbyists report nipping, especially of mushroom colonies and brain corals. It is a matter of luck, and your specific CB may be fine for months and then one day start to nip at corals. I personally decided to take the change.
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