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Old 06-22-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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sick clownfish - identification

Hey guys, my clownfish have been looking "dusty" or "powdery" for about a week. It's not white spots.. it literrally looks like they've been sprinkled with flour or something.

Anyways, acting on the advice from my LFS, I treated the tank with Quick Cure and Binox and cranked the heater up to 84. I did the quick cure daily for 3 days and I let the binox run for 4. It's been two days now with me running activated carbon and the temparture back to normal and i've done a couple PWC's (about 40% two days in a row).

Neither of these did anything for the clownfish, so I need some help identifying what they have so I can treat them properly.

They also have labored breathing and tend to stay towards the bottom of the tank, the male one more than the female.

I did some googling but nothing really looks like what they have (though it could be because the fish I looked at weren't black and white like mine).

Here's a picture.. it's kind of crappy but I think it can be made out. Please let me know what you think.

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:31 PM   #2
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aw i just had to comment how cute he looks lol
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:29 PM   #3
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That looks alot like Marine Velvet
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:10 PM   #4
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That's what was my best guess.
They guy at the other LFS that knows what he's talking about said oodinium (or whatever) can be treated with tetracycline... i think that's what he said.
I read copper when I google.

Should I refuse the tetracycline and ask for copper?
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #5
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Actually I stand corrected. He recommended copper and thats what I got. I now have my two clown fish in a 10g hospital tank.

I hope it's not too late!
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It's brooklynella, which is a very common clownfish disease. You need to treat them with formalin.

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Old 06-22-2011, 05:39 PM   #7
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It's brooklynella, which is a very common clownfish disease. You need to treat them with formalin.

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I already did if it's in quick cure or bornix?.. Some other medicine I forget the name of
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.... I did the quick cure daily for 3 days and I let the binox run for 4.
From the directions on Quick Cure....
Sometimes treatment will take 10 days to fully irradiate infestations.
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My clarkis got this I couldnt catch them to treat them so I began doing multiple water changes and it went away
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From the directions on Quick Cure....
Sometimes treatment will take 10 days to fully irradiate infestations.
I saw 3 days max treatment.. hmm. I began running quick cure in with the copper though because I realized you might be right.

Too late though. Male clown fish succumbed earlier. ;( I hope the female can hang on.
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