I need help please. I recently set up a tank for my first time ever.. so I'm a true newbie. I have a 46 gallon reef/fish tank I set up about 3 weeks ago. Six days ago I added 2 West Indies? (black/white/yellow) clowns with an anemone that they were already very attached to at the local aquatic store. I also added 4 damsels of which 2 have died, I have no clue why the 2 damsels died, no apparent disease or anything. I suspect one of the more aggresive damsels killed them in the night.
My immediate problem is one of my clowns. A couple days ago I noticed a slime-like growth on his skin, last nite I noticed discoloration to his skin. This morning he looked horrible!!! The black color is fading & the white on him is turning kinda pinkish. Not knowing what else to do and not sure if he has a parasite/ich/velvet, I gave him a 10 minute fresh water dip. He seemed to tolerate the dip fairly well, and because I did not set up a quarantine tank (yeah, shame on me), my only option was to put him back in the tank.
As of the tests I performed last night the water quality does not appear to be the cause of the problem. BTW
, he has never appeared to eat or be interested at feeding time, so I am not sure if this could even be a nutritional problem. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas as to what could be wrong and how to help the little guy? I'd appreciate any advise offered.