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Old 11-08-2004, 11:23 AM   #1
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Please Help - 1 fish dead, others not looking good

I woke up and found that one of my firefish had died and my other fish, mainly my yellow tang aren't looking healthy. Their fins seem to be in tatters - almost like they are picking at each other but I've been watching for signs of this and have seen nothing. My remaining firefish looks OK, but clown and chromis have eroded fins as well, but not as bad as the tang. The tang also appears to have whitish areas as well as a hint of red near its dorsal fin.

Water parameters tested good. Any thoughts and recommendations how to save my remaining fish??

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Old 11-08-2004, 11:44 AM   #2
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What are the water parameter, including the PH? How long have they been in there ?
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Sounds liek you may need to double check your test kit, if everyone is looking rough may have some water quality issues.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:00 PM   #4
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Please Help - 1 dead, other's not looking too good!!

Posted on the 'Fish Only' forum as well:

I woke up and found that one of my firefish had died and my other fish, mainly my yellow tang aren't looking healthy. Their fins seem to be in tatters - almost like they are picking at each other but I've been watching for signs of this and have seen nothing. My remaining firefish looks OK, but clown and chromis have eroded fins as well, but not as bad as the tang. The tang also appears to have whitish areas as well as a hint of red near its dorsal fin.

Water parameters tested good. Any thoughts and recommendations how to save my remaining fish??

Many Thanks,

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Old 11-08-2004, 01:04 PM   #5
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I moved this Thread to the sick fish forum.

You could have a velvet outbreak. Hard to tell right now.

Do you have a QT?

Also what are your specific test results?

Sorry to hear.
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And if the water really is okay, have you added anyone new? A bacterial infection could be the culprit, too--that has been my experience with red spots in freshwater, at least. I hope not, though--those are hard to knock, IME.
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I would suspect water quality issues. May want to double check you results by taking a sample to your LFS. What are the readings? Especially PH and ammonia.
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How long has the tank been up. Like the others, water quality issues and I would also ask if you have added anything to the tank that could have introduced a bacterial infection?
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My tank is 7 months old. Test kit I'm using is Aquarium Pharmeceuticals - Saltwater Master for Ph, Amonia, Nitrate. I double checked the following:

Ph = 8.2
Amonia = .25 or less (same as always post cycle)
Nitrate = 0-5.0

I have added a red-lipped blenny (1.5 months ago) and a pink tipped anemone a couple of weeks ago which is being picked on by a peppermint shrimp and does not seem happy in my tank. It probably needs a new home.

The Blenny does stir up the substrate quite a bit but otherwise I observed no negative effects on his tank mates after introducing him. I'm uncertain as to what effects or emmissions an unhappy/unhealthy anemone may have...

I do not have a QT.

Thanks for moving this thread into this forum and for any further guidance.
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From my experience with Yellow Tangs, it sounds like an ammonia problem. I had a very similar problem and did several water changes to fix the problem. Also, do you have glass lids? If so, open them up a little so the PH can stabilize. Other than that, you can use a product such as Selcon and soak it in their food to help build the immunity of your existing fish in there. Tangs are very sensitive to water quality. HTH

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