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Ocean avanue13
03/08/2016, 05:47 PM
I have a dragon face pipefish that is flashing every now and then but I looked at him and he looks very healthy and is pretty fat. Why is he doing this?

BlueCat1949
03/09/2016, 10:06 AM
If by flashing you mean rubbing on objects in the tank this is a sign of external parasites.

snorvich
03/09/2016, 02:40 PM
What quarantine protocol was used?

ThRoewer
03/09/2016, 06:40 PM
I had bluestripe pipefish with ich and never saw them flashing.
It must be itching badly for a pipefish to scratch itself.
While often a sign of ich or other ectoparasites, it can also be itching from coral stings or pods hitching a ride (safest place for them is the back of the pipefish :D)

Ocean avanue13
03/10/2016, 04:51 PM
Yes, I have a war coral is that the problem? It has no parasites

Ocean avanue13
03/10/2016, 04:52 PM
I did not quarantine because he seemed very healthy

M.R Cowfish
05/08/2016, 02:42 AM
well fish can "look" healthy and still have something . Would recommend qt any pipefish you get or learn the hard way. They carry parasites and cant be seen on the exterior .

Jeff4777
05/11/2016, 11:01 PM
Looking healthy doesn't mean its disease/parasite free. I'd recommend quarantining all live stock before placing them in the display tank.

rayjay
05/12/2016, 09:11 AM
IMO, all fish have parasites. All that quarantine does is show that at the time, the fish is healthy enough that the parasites haven't been able to take over and become problematic.
The advantage in quarantine is that if the fish is NOT healthy enough to overcome problems on it's own, it is already in the Q tank and can be treated without the added stress of catching it again.