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Old 01-21-2005, 08:21 PM   #11
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What size thank is this? Perhaps filtration could be the culprit.

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Old 01-21-2005, 08:31 PM   #12
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How long has he been in the system?
Also curious, do you know what kind of crabs the red ones are? Hitchikers? How big are they?
Does it look like any of the rockwork may have shifted?
*moved to the sick fish forum*
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it's a 45 gallon. And nothing has changed in the tank except the water change. The crabs are very small red crabs of some kind. Just the generic kind of crab i guess. I don't think filtration has anything to do with it. He's still hanging on at this point. I don't know what the deal is.
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What kind of filtration do you have in there? Powerheads, etc.

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Old 01-21-2005, 10:01 PM   #16
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i only have an emporer power filter that hangs on the back of the tank. It has two "bio wheels" as they call it, that the water gets sprayed onto and turns them like a water wheel. I believe this is called a power filter. I use to use i for my fresh water setup and now i use it for the SW setup. Remarkably, the Pearlscape has somehow gotten better in the last hour. He's swimming more upright and seems like he's coming around. I don't know what's going to happen. The gash on his side is hard for me to tell what happened. I think he might have ran into something. I really doubt it's an ammonia burn. The only other thing it could be is some kind of infection/parasite i suppose. But i really can't get a good look at it since it's pretty small and hard to tell what exactly happnened. I hope he pulls through.
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update****

nitrites & nitrates all read 0 again. So it's not nitrate, nitrite, or ammonia. Must be something else.
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I THINK I FIGURED IT OUT!!!!!!111

I noticed the Pearlscape rubbing up against shells and stuff the other day. I thought, oh no. That's not good. But then nothing came of it. He looked fine. No discoloration, or spots, or anything. Then the gash appeared on his side yesterday. He seems to be laying on his side so that the gash is against the ground too. What is he doing?
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Once again, how long have you had him? Or have you introduced another fish recently?
Scratching (flashing) is a possible sign of a impending parasitic outbreak. Sounds like he injured himself while scratching/
Keep a very close eye on him. Look for developing spots on his body and especially his fins.
Please keep us updated.
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He seems to be laying on his side so that the gash is against the ground too.
This probably gives him some relief.
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