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Old 10-03-2004, 05:18 PM   #1
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Do fish itch

Off and on sometimes I see my pink pseudochromis/orchid dottyback itching its side on the piece of live rock it lives in. Its pretty entertaining, but is he hurt or anything, or is it normal? He has no parasites, or anything that would harm him. Whats he doing?
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Old 10-03-2004, 06:59 PM   #2
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No, it is not normal. Immediately put him in a qt and observe him for two weeks if he or other fish show no signs of parasites put him back.
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Old 10-03-2004, 07:05 PM   #3
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But Ive had the dottyback orchid for 6mnths, I highly doubt it will suddenly get parasites.
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Old 10-03-2004, 07:06 PM   #4
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I've heard that if there are enough copepods or other "bugs" in the tank, it's possible that they irritate the fish and "itch" them, though I haven't had this issue myself.
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I see my fish rubbing the LR on occasion.... My DF puffer dose it on a regular basis. I'd watch him for irritation/bump, and is it always the same side?
Have you add any new fish or LR lately?
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Yes, new additions could bring in a parasite. I don't believe you use qt, do you?
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Hes been doing it before the new fish
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It's possible its a less virulent parasite, fish can live for years with sealice. Maybe just a test with cu in a qt, if it stops itching than you know its a parasite.
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Scraping/flashing is often a sign of a parasite or other illness/infection. any other addition, LR, LS, Inverts, Fish, Corals, Anenomes, anything, can introduce this into your tank. It's not so much that what you added was infected, but that it was simply in the bag with them, on the rock they were on, on the hermits shell, etc.

You should definitely QT and observe closely. As well as observe the other fish in your tank for any similar behavior
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flashing is also a sign of a contaminent in the water. either way, don't just shrug it off...investigate further.
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