Ok, I have a blue tang that I have had for about 2 months. Since Day one and even now, the fish has been great: he swims around all the time, is very playful, eats like a mainiac everytime i feed (eats mysis shrimp and flakes 2x day); to me he seems very happy.
The other day, i noticed him "dive bombing" the sand, where he would scratch or whatnot on one particular side. After watching him do this, i caught a glimpse of where he was scratching and low and behold, there was marks on the fish. The marks do not look like ich whatsoever, but more like a few relativly large scratches.
I freaked out, tried to take some pics of the fish with my camera phone and went up to the lfs
. They couldn't tell anything from the pics (low quality), they did test all my water and said that all my testings came out great (ammonina, salinity, nitrites, nitrates, ph
, calcium). He told me to watch the fish and if it got any worse QT
I went ahead and bought a cleaner shrimp and put him in my main tank, and the tang fell in love with him immediatly, swimming over to him roughly once every hr to let the shrimp hop on and do some cleaning. After watching this, i assumed to go ahead and set up the QT
I set up a 20H tank for QT
, used roughly 13 gal
of the main tank water in the qt
tank with the other 7 new mixed, set up filter (no cartrige),heater, airpump with stones, and a castle decoration for the tang to hide out on/in.
1. What does the illness sound like? like i said, it visably looks like scratches (like if a cat clawed a human on the cheek, thats what my tang looks like in the face); scratches are darker in color (greyish)
2. Am i making the right decision by QTing? how long should i QT
for? Is there anything I am missing with the QT
3. also, i bought organi-cure as recommended by lfs
, but i see on aa that some users don't prefer it.. what is a good med to use?
4. after reading about treatments on this page, the hyposalinity is brought up alot.. question: what is a refractometer? any links to where you can buy one/what it is? curious
Being that i have been worried for a couple of days, I went ahead tonight and put him in the qt
tank. Any comments/suggestions are appreciated.