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post #151 of 231 Old 12-27-2009, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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I walk into the bedroom this morning and there is my Harlequin Tuskfish, laying on the bottom of the tank, flipped over on its back, not moving.

Of course, it then sees that I have food in my hands and it starts swimming around begging.

I plan to begin raising the salinity this week and move the Harlequin to my display shortly after New Years.
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post #152 of 231 Old 12-27-2009, 12:13 PM
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glad to hear it was ok, what a strange behavior...lol
Can't wait to see him!
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post #153 of 231 Old 12-27-2009, 02:54 PM
He was playing dead waiting for food. Nice trick!
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post #154 of 231 Old 12-28-2009, 12:50 AM
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it was "resting" and its not uncommon for certain saltwater fish to do this or something similiar like bury into the sand at night or create a mucus like cacoon around them until morning.
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post #155 of 231 Old 12-29-2009, 05:44 AM
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Thank God it was alive.
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post #156 of 231 Old 12-29-2009, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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And that, my friends, is why you use a quarantine. When a perfectly "healthy" fish dies for no apparent reason, you are not risking an entire display full of fish to infection from some unknown / unseen pathogen or virus.

Yes, the Tuskfish was dead when I came home from work. That one was a small hit to the wallet. Hopefully I can get a replacement from the LFS at their cost.
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post #157 of 231 Old 12-29-2009, 06:43 PM
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sorry to hear it died, what a shame :(
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post #158 of 231 Old 12-29-2009, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I've always felt that is a risk you take with marine fish. The stress these fish go through prior to purchase is just unbelievable. The moment you step away from bread and butter fish and start buying fish that are not "hardy" by nature, you are rolling dice to a degree. Its a chance we take.
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post #159 of 231 Old 12-29-2009, 07:04 PM
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I agree, but it doesn't always end up bad, but experience or not, all who are in the hobby of fish keeping experience the exact same thing at one time or another.
sorry for the loss again, was really looking forward to seeing it
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post #160 of 231 Old 12-29-2009, 08:54 PM
I'm possitive it was a nice fish. I'm sorry to hear.
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