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Old 06-01-2013, 02:15 AM   #41
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If you had Marine Velvet than ya, fish-less for 8 to 10 weeks. That does suck! :-/

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Old 06-01-2013, 12:22 PM   #42
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I'm not sure that having a fish alive in there means its not MV though. I had what I am almost certain was MV in my tank. Lost everything but two green Chromis, which are still alive as I type this. They look fine, but I plan to QT them soon, leave the DT tank fallow, or possibly just drain it and start over. I think they can host it, like fish do with Ich, but not show signs. I'm afraid to add more. I'd rather be safe than lose another fish.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:02 PM   #43
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I have to agree with gregcoyote. I think it is your acclimation process. Given the fact that they die so soon after introduction. When that happens it is usually one of three things;
1. mean fish already in the tank harrassing it.
2. too short of acclimation and fish dies from shock.
3. fish already sick from the LFS.

Hope this helps and I am sorry for your losses. Please don't loose faith and continue in this hobby. It will pay off in the long run!
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #44
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I have to agree with gregcoyote. I think it is your acclimation process. Given the fact that they die so soon after introduction. When that happens it is usually one of three things;
1. mean fish already in the tank harrassing it.
2. too short of acclimation and fish dies from shock.
3. fish already sick from the LFS.

Hope this helps and I am sorry for your losses. Please don't loose faith and continue in this hobby. It will pay off in the long run!
Thanks for your encouraging words. I hope you are right that its just the acclimation process.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:22 PM   #45
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I'm not sure that having a fish alive in there means its not MV though. I had what I am almost certain was MV in my tank. Lost everything but two green Chromis, which are still alive as I type this. They look fine, but I plan to QT them soon, leave the DT tank fallow, or possibly just drain it and start over. I think they can host it, like fish do with Ich, but not show signs. I'm afraid to add more. I'd rather be safe than lose another fish.
Thanks. I went to LFS yesterday and almost bought a Chromis. Then I changed my mind. I'm moving in three weeks. If it be true that I have marine velvet I will run it fallow for 2-3 months. I will be getting new live sand when I move so hopefully that helps to get rid of some parasite that can be living in LS.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:34 PM   #46
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The reef tank is still running fish-less. I got food for my inverts. No feeding guidelines on packaging. About how many times a week should I feed them?
Snails
Cleaner shrimp
Fire shrimp
LPS, some SPS, zoas and softy.


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Old 06-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #47
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I'm not sure that having a fish alive in there means its not MV though. I had what I am almost certain was MV in my tank. Lost everything but two green Chromis, which are still alive as I type this. They look fine, but I plan to QT them soon, leave the DT tank fallow, or possibly just drain it and start over. I think they can host it, like fish do with Ich, but not show signs. I'm afraid to add more. I'd rather be safe than lose another fish.
Do you know if Velvet affects corals?
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I believe the parasite needs the flesh of a fish to multiply. Some corals might even feast on the dinoflagellates when free swimming.
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I believe the parasite needs the flesh of a fish to multiply. Some corals might even feast on the dinoflagellates when free swimming.
Interesting. Thanks.
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I found the photo below as I was researching Marine Velvet. My Ocellaris clownfish looked very similar to the clownfish depicted in the photo. That, unfortunately, seems to validate my suspicion of Velvet in the aquarium.
I'm not terribly discouraged. Figuring out the right thing to do has been difficult.


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