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bleeding copperband butterfly
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PostPosted: 2008.08.09(Sat)21:14    Post subject: bleeding copperband butterfly Reply with quote

it looked like my fish had ick so I removed them from the display to the hospital tank, 2 clowns and a copperband butterfly. my clowns are OK and show no signs. my butterfly on the otherhand had about a nickel size spot on its side that I just noticed has turned red, like its bleeding. I am treating with melafix and rid ick+, I've changed the water today in the hospital tank and havnet put rid ick in since yesterday afternoon but did put the melafix in today.
and it kinda looks like maybe its scales have come off and u can see through him.
has anyone ever heard of this problem with the butterfly, what does it sound like?
all water parameters are perfect.

thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: 2008.08.09(Sat)23:05    Post subject: Reply with quote


Sorry you are learning the hard way what I have said many times---butterflyfishes including Copperbands are very delicate fish and usually do terrible in the average marine aquarium.
Could be a bacterial infection or environmental stress from poor water quality. Moving it to the QT was a good idea.

I have reviewed your posts, it seems you have had a lot of disease and pathogen issues, and going back to April, I was asking you to provide more info on your setup but you have never really responded, maybe I missed it?

I will repeat the same thing I said back in April...

Without a thorough understanding of your setup it's hard to say from here. Can you list all your equipment, yes I mean everything, and describe your nutrition... what is your filtration, substrate, feeding regimen? How often do you make water changes? What is the pH in your display right now? Any nitrates? With more info I might be able to help you more. There needs to be a reason you are seeing these disease and pathogen problems...
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