Those two articles were very helpful, thank you devilishturtles. Upon further inspection of the fish i noticed what appeared to be a scratch on his side not shown in the picture. this leads me to believe that it is simply a scratch from the liverock or something like that. i feel this way because many of the that main symptoms of mhlle are missing including the sunk in eyes and loss of coloration. however i am no expert. fortunately from the research i have done the treatment for mhlle would only promote healing of a scratch if that is all that it is. so why not do it?
Two important things brought up in those articles were Vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin C and A. now it has not been proven whether either of these could cause mhlle or are successful treatments but a well ballacnced diet could only benefit the fish. Currently the fish is not eating. its previous diet consisted of live feeder guppies and gold fish. i am trying to ween off of this with frozen krill (thawed and soaked in garlic) with a feeding stick. what vitamin supplements would you recommend and do they have vitamin C and A in them? does anyone know of a food that contains highly unsaturated fatty acids?
Next is water quality if poor nitrates are a cause then being in my system with zero nitrate would allow him to get better. the use of carbon has been said to cause mhlle and is not used in my main tank of my quarantine so that should not be an issue. Also certain heavy metals including copper have had negative effect to fish ecpesially with mhlle, resulting in a weak immune system. i do 15% weekly ptw with RODI
water so all levels of heavy metals should be diluted over time if they are infact present, and using garlic supplements should boost a weakened immune system.
One possible treatment, although never proved, has been exposure to sunlight. i personally feel that this is a little to drastic, and the process of moving the fish would cause more stress and potentially do more harm than good. In combination with this i ordered a UV
Sterilized to help kill unwanted bacteria and viruses and i am planning to treat with a broadban antibiotic.
Now everything that i am planning on doing is a potential treatment for mhlle, even though i am not convinced that it is, however could doing these things harm the fish if it is not mhlle?
thanks for all your help and sorry for the long post.