The Imperator arrived Saturday - acclimated perfectly, started eating gorgeously the next night and happily takes seaweed, Angel Formula, and Formula Two.
Tonight - the fourth night I've had him - he started hand feeding for goodness sake.
He is also now covered from head to tail in ich... or best I can tell. Nothing else in the tank has it nor has anyone had it. This comes as a complete shock aside from that voice in the back of my head saying "this is going too well, you've had no problems and this fish cost you a wad".
So... I'm feeling rather screwed at the moment on my options. I have no QT
tank available and no chance of using copper in this tank.
I was photographing him at 1:30 AM with no signs of this whatsoever. 5 PM todayI go to feed them (when he started hand feeding - apparently just to twist the knife a bit more for me emotionally, I suppose) and realize he is covered in white dots including his fins, tail and eyeballs.
He was visiting the cleaner shrimp a lot last night (which led
to the photos I posted that many of us have been chatting about) and now I think I know why. Of course I've not seen him visiting the cleaner tonight.
His behavior seems unchanged and, aside from the freakin' white dots all over him, I'd say things were perfect. Any chance whatsoever he's going to recover from this or am I about to watch my tank go straight into the dumper?