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Old 07-10-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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Sick Clown Fish? Strange Bumps+PopEye

Hello all,
To make a long story short, my new Clown fish is sick. I cant get a clear picture of what he has, but he has a combo of three things.
1-He has strange bumps around his head that look like pimples. They havent grown or shrunk.
2-He has two fuzzy white bumps on his head. Hasnt grown or shrunk.
3-He has pop eye in one eye.

1 and 2 appeared over night a few days back after I installed a new AquaClear 50 power filter to the tank.
3 appeared last night. I went straight to Walmart to get stuff for a make shift emergency QT. I got him a 4 gallon plastic tub, a pump for a 15gallon tank and a 50W heater. SG of this is 1.024, temp 78F. I also got some Quick Cure as it was all Walmart had. I put this into the water as directed and ran the filter without the carbon.

Today he seems fine. Still has his diseases, but swims around like nothing is wrong. I realized that Quick Cure wasnt a smooth move, but he seems fine.

I have no way to diagnose his problems, but have read Pimafix and Melafix to be a great "cure all" treatment. This is my next move.

As a primer on my DT:
Newly cycled about 2 weeks ago or so. Ammonia and Nitrite 0. Nitrate: 10-20ppm. pH: 8.2. SG:1.024. Temp:77F

The tank is a 20gallon with 15lbs of LR and 30lbs of live sand. This clown was the first fish to go in. He seems to eat only copepods and will NOT touch ANYTHING else. His poop is white and strange looking.
Also, clown fish is tank raised. (Or so the LFS claims)
Any ideas?
Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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I'm sorry Matt, you will have to wait until someone with more knowledge logs on for an answer. Just hang in there.
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Yes I will try to hang in there! I just read about Maracyn 1 and 2. I think I will go for those instead of the Pimafix and Melafix since the Maracyn seems to be a more conventional broad sprectrum medicine.

Sound good?
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Does he have white spots on him like sugar or salt sprinkled on him esp where the pimples are. Read these

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I wish he did have spots, because then it would be a pretty easy diagnosis. Ich.

No spots...I havent seen any pictures on the net that look like it. I will try the maracyn 1 and 2 tonight.

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It sounds to me like it could be a fungal growth, it usually looks like white cottonlike spots.
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This is Saprolegnia, a fungus
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If you read the articles it says this about the pop eye, " Pop Eye /Cloudy Eye. A very obvious swelling and / or cloudiness of the eyes, this is most often caused by poor water quality or physical damage or abrasion to the eye of which secondary bacterial infections can take advantage of.
This is another gram negative bacteria responsible for this condition and can be treated in a quarantine tank with an appropriate anti-bacterial medication. As with all fish problems, stress is the leading cause of illness, usually water quality can be blamed. In good water quality, this condition most always disappears on it own without further treatment."
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Hello,
So what is poor water quality?
As far as I know, I have good water quality.
Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate: 10-20ppm
pH:8.2
SG:1.024

Maybe the fact that I had no snails in my CUC and just a few hermits allowed some filth to build up? I stirred up the yuck so my new filter would suck it out. I just added some snails yesterday too. Its still just his one eye with the pop eye.

Anyways, I got some maracyn 1 and added it...Well see...

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The clown needs to be dewormed and use Maracyn 2 over 1. If you definitely saw white spots on the head hyposalinity is in the near future. If you don't want to wait 30days to be rid of ich, assuming you did see such, then you can use Chloroquine (expensive).
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