Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 11-08-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NW ohio
Posts: 11
foxface rabbit fish looks like he broke his tail

so today my foxface rabbit fish looks distressed. when he ate this morning he wasn't swimming fast like he normally does and then has been swimming erratically. his top half is all black now. at night he gets black and splotchy which is normal, but never during the day. also his neck of his tail has a couple red looking spots and he seems to not be using it. i checked the water and everything seems fine. no ammonia, no nitrite, and about 10 nitrate. ph is at 7.9 which ive never been able to get any higher. its a 30 gal sw tank with about 5-8 lbs of live rock and we've had him for about 6 months. his tankmate are a fire flame angle, scooter blenny, 2 cleaner shrimp, and a spotted mushroom. they all get along fine. plus my foxface is the biggest. all they other fish seem to be just fine so i don't think anything is wrong with the water. from my best guess it looks like he might have gotten his tail caught on something. any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. i can post a video if that will help

aquadummy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2009, 02:02 PM   #2
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,891
This is what I`m observing. First the tank is too small. It needs to be at least a 75 gallon tank. From this link you can see that. Smaller tanks can speed up diseases and illness by adding stress to the fish. Also your LR amount is pretty small. These fish need plenty of caves and holes to hide in. IMO more LR is needed as well as a bigger tank.

melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2009, 06:26 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,462
Red spots are normally bacterial related, but imo the video shows a common display from seeing its own reflection. It is hard to decipher if there is an actual conditioning problem. Get us close up pictures, but as Melosu said you will eventually need a larger tank if not already.
Innovator is offline   Reply With Quote

foxface, tail

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Has my fish lost it's tail? Got Water? Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 8 03-15-2009 08:05 PM
Any rabbit folks around?? MsBeanCtr Aquaria Off-Topic 6 10-31-2008 06:28 PM
Broke down and bought a fish and emerald crab... Civicman86 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 02-15-2006 12:04 PM
Foxface Fish Ladykrup Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 10-12-2003 08:55 PM
FS: Kuiter Series (wrasses, rabbit, seahorses, butterfly) Some Fish Dude Archive 6 05-24-2003 06:45 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.