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Old 07-11-2004, 05:21 PM   #1
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Wrasse question...

I have had a yellow wrasse now for about a year in my 125. Today I noticed he has a red vien looking mark on the inside of him...You can see it from one side but not from the other. I do know he get carred away in getting in the flow of the pumps and will just zoom from one end of the tank to the other so I am wondering if fish get bruised or break blookd viens. All of my water parameters are good. I have a hint of trates but nothing other than that. PH at 8.2 and temp at 80. Anyone have any ideas? Its just weird you can see it from one side of the fish but not the other.
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Old 07-11-2004, 05:40 PM   #2
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I believe a pseudochromis i used to have had that. It was a reddish line near his jaw and and it looked like the was also some red coloring around it. After a week or so it went away and he was fine.
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Old 07-11-2004, 05:45 PM   #3
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Yeah its really strange the more I look at it. If the fish even turns at a slight angle, you cant see it. I only know to say it looks like a little vien that is burst.....when viewed on a human that is. He is fine otherwise. Really odd. Im sure Im just paranoid!!!
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Old 07-11-2004, 06:18 PM   #4
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Sounds a lot like what mine had. Went away pretty fast. Hope hes okay!
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Old 07-11-2004, 07:23 PM   #5
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It is most likely a mild bacterial infection. Typically brought on by too much DOC. Even though you have a small nitrate reading, that does not preclude the possibility of DOC in the system. The easiest way to get rid of it is by doing several large water changes with well aged SW over the next week. Most often that will clear it up without the need for meds at all. Feeding vitamin soaked foods is also a good step in conjuction with the water changes.

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How much of water changes?? Its a 125. Im setting up to do a 15 gallon on Tues. Going to mix the SW tonight.
Also what vitamin brand do you recommend? I hope I dont have to medicate as I have nothing to medicate him in unless I do it in the main tank. I have my QT tank tied up with a dottieback and a regal in copper..
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Old 07-12-2004, 12:37 PM   #7
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You should not need to medicate at all. Do a few water changes over the period of a week or so at about 25-30%. That should dilute the pollutants enough and not stress any inhabitants. Recommended vitamins are ones high in [acronym="Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acid"]HUFA[/acronym] and vitamin C. Selcon or Zoecon would be good choices.

In the off chance this is a result of pH fluctuations as it can sometimes be, the water changes will also take care of that. You should notice a difference rather quickly.

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Thanks Steve. I will do a couple of 15 gallon water changes and see if this helps. i was due for one anyway.
Thanks for the info. Will keep you posted.
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15 gal won't make that much of a dent in a 125. I would suggest a minimum of 25 gal, upward of 40 for each water change.

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Old 07-12-2004, 10:51 PM   #10
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I dont have the capability to do 25+. Can I do back to back water changes of 15 gallons....say 15 on Tues and 15 on Thurs?? Will this do any good? I have a 15 gallon rubbermaid trash can...Sorry so many questions.
The wrasse spot is a little more prodiment today....I did see him come really close to whacking himself on a peice of LR...he gets real skiddish and when he is frightend, he goes nuts...he has always done this as long as I can remember.
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