Clownfish high respiration after quarantine

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Gbru316

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A little background:
I’ve had this 2” ocellaris for about 6 months now. About 4 months ago, I noticed a lesion developing just above its gill plate. This was accompanied with rapid breathing (160ish per minute).

I ended up pulling it from display and treating with quite a few different things, all per mfg instructions:
1. Metroplex (both tank treated and food treated via focus)
2. Neoplex
3. Copper (2.5 ppm), 30 days
4. Prazipro (currently finishing first dose)
5. Sulfaplex
6. Kanaplex
7. Erythromycin

the lesion has since started healing but the high respiration remains. It does not appear like the lesion extends through the gill plate so I doubt that reduced respiration efficiency is the cause of the rapid breathing.

Currently in QT, no detectable ammonia (using sea hem ammonia badge), aerated via HOB filter and airstone. Filtration is solely “aged” Aquaforest bio fil.

throughout all this, the clown has behaved normally and has never lost appetite.

I’m reluctant to return this fish to display after the second prazi treatment if the high respiration rate remains.

I’m thinking a round of fenbendazole might be in-store to eliminate prazi resistant flukes.

Thoughts?
 
A little background:
I’ve had this 2” ocellaris for about 6 months now. About 4 months ago, I noticed a lesion developing just above its gill plate. This was accompanied with rapid breathing (160ish per minute).

I ended up pulling it from display and treating with quite a few different things, all per mfg instructions:
1. Metroplex (both tank treated and food treated via focus)
2. Neoplex
3. Copper (2.5 ppm), 30 days
4. Prazipro (currently finishing first dose)
5. Sulfaplex
6. Kanaplex
7. Erythromycin

the lesion has since started healing but the high respiration remains. It does not appear like the lesion extends through the gill plate so I doubt that reduced respiration efficiency is the cause of the rapid breathing.

Currently in QT, no detectable ammonia (using sea hem ammonia badge), aerated via HOB filter and airstone. Filtration is solely “aged” Aquaforest bio fil.

throughout all this, the clown has behaved normally and has never lost appetite.

I’m reluctant to return this fish to display after the second prazi treatment if the high respiration rate remains.

I’m thinking a round of fenbendazole might be in-store to eliminate prazi resistant flukes.

Thoughts?
I would finish the prazi treatment and see where that gets you. The lesion could still be affecting his respiration and that's just what you're seeing. With all the meds you've done I'm hard pressed to think its any other type of disease. Could you post a pic? @andrewkw may have some thoughts on this too
 

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This is a hard one as he damaged his gill plate when he was little...

@andrewkw at 2 inches and getting an injury this could affect their gill development correct? It sounds like a pretty small Clown still.

I am just curious if this is a disease or if it's a scar/disformity. That is a lot of meds that guy has been through!

At this point, the Fenben is the last thing you could do, so might not hurt. But after that, I would let him be.
 

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Post a video and pictures - as clear as possible. At 2 inches that would pretty much be full grown male so I wouldn't think this is going to cause future development issues. If this is a captive fish then birth defects or injuries from fighting are the most common and I would suspect those things before disease but obviously once they get mixed in with wild fish / lfs water anything can happen.
 

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Post a video and pictures


Just after move to QT:
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Just prior to move to QT:
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andrewkw

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To me that looks like an injury and possible infection. Any possible fighting with other fish?

The rapid breathing may be unrelated it does look fast but otherwise he seems fine.
 

Gbru316

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To me that looks like an injury and possible infection. Any possible fighting with other fish?

The rapid breathing may be unrelated it does look fast but otherwise he seems fine.

There was some fighting with another clown that has since passed. Agree with the infection, hence the antibiotics. That’s been resolved, the edges of the injury have started healing.

Jay over at R2R was concerned with the breathing and said he wouldn’t return it to DT in such a state. Just wanted to get some other opinions.
 
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