I have two ocellaris clowns (juvenile) in my 29 gal
. The tank has about 40# of LR
and the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are all at zero. The only other inhabitants are a pair of peppermint shrimp, a skunk cleaner, and a number of snails and hermits. The (slightly) larger of the two clowns has been in the tank for about three weeks now. He has been eating ravenously until yesterday when he did not eat at all. He skipped the daily meal again today and I noticed his gill function was a bit faster than normal. I don't have a QT tank, so I transferred him to the bucket I use for mixing salt water. Assuming that this is a parasitic infection, I added copper to the bucket (Aquarisol from my FW
tanks). My questions are:
1) Was this a wise choice of action?
2) Is the copper treatment the correct course of action or should I be trying something else?
3) How long should this continue?
4) Rather silly, but when this is all said and done, will it be safe to resume using this bucket for mixing water?
Thanks in advance,