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Tang cant close mouth and is bloated
Old 01-11-2009, 05:52 PM   #11
 
I dont recall, but I think the info on the lateral line disease was from a web search. It seems like there were numerous things listed. While you say that information is widely available on the fish, it is perhaps too wide, and hard to sort through the numerous suggestions from all the sources. Anyway, I am guilty of not having time to go read all the sources, and often just rely on the local aquaculture store employees (who are quite knowledgable). I probably need tp give it up and find a better home for my little finned friends.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:38 PM   #12
 
lateral line disease

I don't have much to suggest about the bloating but wanted to make a few suggestions on the problem with lateral line disease...we got two fish with our tank that had a really bad case of laternal line disease so have been doing a lot of research on the topic. We've only been trying stuff for about 2-3 weeks but seems to have helped so far (or maybe its just wishful thinking). Its not totally understood why it happens but seems to have something to do with stress.

1. High nitrates have been known to cause it. You don't sound like you have a problem with that but just something to watch for other people who have the problem.
2. Diet - not getting enought Vitamin C and in a few cases vitamin A has been known the be related. If you think the diet is fine some people still suggest to add supplements to the water.
3. Voltage - people have tested their water with a voltameter and gotten a reading of as high as 25 amps? because of all the heaters, powerheads, pumps, etc in the water. getting a grounder should help fix that and we picked one up for only $15 at a LFS.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:36 PM   #13
 
Yes- I do have the grounder in the tank, and suspect it is dietary (although my water conditions are not always great). The local shop said to add Garlic xtreme along with more algae (although someone else said the garlic was just to make foods taste good and had no beneficial value). Good luck with yours as well.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:09 PM   #14
 
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3. Voltage - people have tested their water with a voltameter and gotten a reading of as high as 25 amps? because of all the heaters, powerheads, pumps, etc in the water. getting a grounder should help fix that and we picked one up for only $15 at a LFS.

free voltage is not the same as voltage that has a "path"

for example. a bird can sit on a wire with alot of voltage running through it. once a "grounder" is attached the bird is harmed. make sense?
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:37 AM   #15
 
So are you saying that the grounder which they recommend at all the fish stores is not a good idea?
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:06 AM   #16
 
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It doesn't always work or get the volts fully out of the water.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:09 PM   #17
 
Update; My sailfin has recovered, and seems to be chewing normally. It is hard to know the reason, whether it was the parasite medicine, the vitachem soaked algae, or maybe he just recovered from some injury. The anenomies didn't like the medicine (mainly it just polluted the water with alot of organics), but they seem ok now after a big water change and protein skimmer. Now, I hope the better diet will help to cure the lateral line disease over time. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:26 PM   #18
 
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you should avoid dosing meds in a display tank! it is best to remove the sick fish to a hospital tank for dosing. a tank esp. one with inverts (for example, the anemone) that gets dosed with meds will effect inverts as they are sensitive to them.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:28 AM   #19
 
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agreed, but congrats on getting through this. Next time you should consider using a hospital tank rather then the display. Just get a 10g from walmart, cheep filtration and then you can dose more freely in there. There are articles everywhere about hospital tanks, just google it.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:07 AM   #20
 
Understood. But the aquarium is in my work office, so it is not easy to set up a quaranteen tank. And it would be hard on this big fish the 10gal one I have. The store seemed to think this organic concoction was reef safe, and so far, it doesn't seem to have caused too much damage. Thanks,
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