Anybody that has been following the Jakes 150 gallon build thread is aware that we obtained a Copperbanded butterfly. Its been a rough week around here.
The copper banded started flashing about 3 days into being acclimated into the display tank. A few days later, some white spots appeared on his fins. Not many, maybe one or two.
We went out and bought a 10 gallon tank with filter, powerhead, and heater. I guess we will have to try and find space to store this quarantine tank when not in use. We don't really have any room in our 600 Sq. Ft. Condo.
Anyway, last night, he was moved to quarantine and some filter floss I was using in my sump was moved into the HOB
filter. We mixed up some fresh saltwater and transfered him in.
We tried feeding him very very lightly because it was day 5 and he still wasn't eating much. He didn't eat in quarantine as of yet either. Today, just one day after setting up quarantine, Ammonia was at .5. We immediately drained 5 gallons of water from the quarantine tank and replaced with fresh saltwater.
As of right now, he is barely swimming, more laying on his side and flashing like he is uncomfortable once in awhile.
I feel awful. I am such an animal lover, and it kills me to see any animal suffering. We have treated the tank with copper in an effort to clean up the ich issue, and will leave him in quarantine for 4 weeks if he lasts that long. The outlook right now is grim.
Im bummed. I don't know what else to do.