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Old 12-11-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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Whats wrong with my copperband?

Walked down today an he keeps laying on his side an doesn't look to hot. He was doing just fine yesterday swimming around eating great.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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How long have you had it? What was it eating? Copperbands are notoriously difficult to keep alive.
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What are the parameters of the tank? This is usually the first asked question when it comes to sick fish.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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I've had him probably 3 weeks an he would only eat brine shrimp he loved them an my parameter would be ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 0 phosphates are extremely low salinity is 1.025
And temp 83 I think it possibly could've got beaten up by my yellow tang I saw him trying to fight him this morning but before that they where two peas in a pod. He's alive in the pic but isn't looking to great. Should I just let him loose in my sump chamber I don't think her get hurt by anything?
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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How large is this tank to begin with? And I have had similar issues with adding a butterfly with a tang, tangs get very aggressive when new fish are introduced into their tank. lol

I have lost 3 copperbands in total, they are definitely a hard fish to keep.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #6
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90 gallon i know it's small for him when he gets bigger but I planned on selling him when I think he needs to go to a bigger home. Man I sure hope I don't lose him he was probably my favorite little guy. Any reason why there so hard to keep?
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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Sure hope I don't lose him that be 55 bucks down the drain.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #8
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I would say it's stress. possibly the yellow tang has previously gave the copperband a hard time without anyone seeing. agree with carey, tangs can be quite aggressive to newcomers, whenever I get a new fish it's like prison rules... the newcomer get a solid beating for a few days/weeks from the tangs then all of a sudden theyre all best of friends. but if it's laying on it's side I would say it's extremely stressed. just try moving it somewhere else like in a fuge or something and hopefully it'll get better
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:25 PM   #9
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Okay I put it in a breeder net in my sump I've got a light down there should I turn it of an just let him rest?
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yea probably the best thing to do... try not to handle it too much, even the move could stress it more and kill it. just leave the light off.... might calm it down a bit.
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