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Old 12-23-2012, 03:40 AM   #1
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Dead One Spot Rabbitfish.

I've got a 55gal FOWLR which until recently has been inhabited by a young volitan and a steadily declining number of damsels. Four days ago I added a One Spot Foxface and he seemed to adjust well until he suddenly became ill and died this evening. I'm going out of town for the holidays and will wait to replace him until I'm back buy I'm looking for clues as to why he suddenly went under. Please let me in on any ideas you've got.

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Old 12-23-2012, 03:48 AM   #2
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I'm sorry to hear about your rabbitfish. I just lost my foxface. Similar thing happened I am unsure as to why. Lets start by getting some information about your paramaters. What do your results say? How were you feeding?
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:50 AM   #3
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Also what's the size of the tank?
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:53 PM   #4
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Also what's the size of the tank?
Volitan said 55g FOWLR
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:03 PM   #5
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Salinity 1.023
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Phosphate 0

Everything appears to be in check. The temp was hovering around 80 which is a little warmer than I try to keep it.

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For feeding I was providing dry algae strips on a lettuce clip in addition to fairly healthy algae growth on the backwall and live rock.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:55 PM   #6
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I assume from my experience everything seems fine. Maybe the salinity is a little low I keep mine around 1.025-1.026 but mines a reef in progress. Mabye someone else can chime in as to why we lost our foxfaces
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #7
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how did you acclimate? also sorry to be "that guy" but this fish will also outgrow a 55.
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I acclimated by slowly replacing the water in the bag with tank water over about half hour. As for tank size I know this one is too small, I'm currently putting together a 125 which I will move the contents of this tank into during the spring.
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Half an hour is too fast. Drip acclimation is the way to go. And at least one hour.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #10
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Do you have any pics from shortly after you released him? It's been my experience with foxface and tangs that they are often emaciated when you get them, and may have been on the decline when you got him. These groups of fish graze constantly, and if he wasn't properly fed before you got him, they are really hard to get fattened back up. They are also a bit flighty and take a little while to get adjusted to captivity.
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