HELP Clownfish not eating

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Renzokuken24

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Hi! I’m new here and new to the hobby. I have a female percula clownfish that hasn’t been eating for a few days. One of my other fish (a blue-green chromis) caught ich and died. The male percula perished from it too. The female one doesn’t have white spots but she hasn’t been eating, her fins are clamped, breathing heavily, and twitching from time to time. I managed to buy Cupramine online (marine fish supplies are rare in our area so I always buy online) and quarantined the female percula. It’s her first day of treatment and the treatment seems to be working since most of her symptoms disappeared in a matter of hours and she seems livelier now. Still, she won’t eat. I read that copper suppresses appetite. On top of that, she hasn’t been eating even before treatment. I tried, pellets, flakes, live food, and even frozen ones. She just wouldn’t eat. I tried dipping her food in garlic extract to no avail. She doesn’t look malnourished, though. I bought Selcon online. Would that help? Any suggestions on how I can entice her to eat? Sorry for the long post. Any help would be much appreciated.
 
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Sorry to hear about your challenges. Welcome to the group. Ich and Velvet, which are very similar, can take hold of any fish that is stressed out. It would be good to determine which one it is so you can understand the life cycle and act accordantly. Velvet usually makes the fish swim towards pumps so they can get more oxygen. Ich is more common perhaps but less deadly. Another rule of thumb is that if they are covered with spots, like many many, then it is likely to be Velvet.

Copper treats only ich and velvet so if it is something else, it won't treat it. You may look into HTTM, Hybrid Tank Transfer Method, and use H202 with is as effective as copper but does not affect appetite. In the mean time, continue to feed multiple times per day. Offer open clams as well. My clowns really love clams.

You also need to considered treating every system you have. You can go FALLOW in the main display or threat all with H202. Please take a look at the below links


 

Renzokuken24

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Hi John,

Thanks for the warm welcome! My fish aren’t swimming towards the pump. I’ve read many posts here and studied the difference between the two. I’m confident it’s ich since the spots on my chromis were grainy (much like grains of sand) instead of velvety/powder-like.

I’ll study these other methods you suggested and hopefully, they will work for me! I’m also considering feeding her multiple times in a day, then remove uneaten food and monitor the water parameters. I only have a small 10 gallon QT so I’m worried about ammonia spikes. I’ll try to find clams at the grocery. Our city is up in the mountains so seafood is quite rare. I hope I can find one. Do you think mussels would work too?
I got too impatient and added a new fish (the chromis) which might have brought the ich in my tank. This is a great lesson for me. I won’t be discouraged because of this. I learned that patien and care is truly important and key in this hobby.

These other threads you shared are good reads! I’ll consider them as well. I sure am thankful for your guidance. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. Won’t be adding new fish in a while.

Thanks for your help!

Ren
 
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What makes a great reefer is someone like you that invests a lot of time in researching. You will be just fine. Ich is manageable and easy to eradicate, if follow protocols carefully. The trick now is to feed them the highest quality food with vitamins and maintain the best water quality you can, which you seem to be doing. I would pause purchasing more fish until you know that you have taking ich out. Good luck :)
 

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I did everything I could, but all of my fish died except for my yellow watchman goby. He’s still in my QT. My DT will be on fallow for 90 days. I’ll make sure to properly quarantine my next batch of fishes so I can prevent this from happening again. Thanks again, John.
 
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