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new2u
09/22/2017, 01:42 PM
Hi All

I recently upgraded tanks from a 120 to a 200 and in the process my Melanarus got pretty stressed and ended up going into hiding for a while (didn't see him for at least a week).

He re-appeared about a month ago briefly, as I was adding in some new fish (Purple Tang, Yellow Tang and Copperband). They were from an established reef but I really should have QT'd them first. Long story short I didnt.

There was some aggression between the PT and my magnificent foxface, so i turned off the lights for a few days and it resolved the issue. I proceeded not to see my melanarus again for about 3 weeks after that.

He then re-appeared this week but one of his eyes appears cloudy, and hes not reacting to food. I first suspected that I had damaged him while I was re-aquascaping but now I am worried he may have flukes. I don't want him to be a typhoid mary for the rest of my inhabitants.

He is swimming around actively today and I was able to get some pics for comparison. Image 6015 is his bad eye, and 6016 is his good eye for comparison

Any ideas for next steps? Can i confirm flukes via a freshwater dip?

DgenR8
09/22/2017, 04:20 PM
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new2u
09/22/2017, 05:01 PM
Thank you dgen for the move.

He has been actively swimming around all day but is barely eating. I know he hunts snails at night because I re-flip all the empty shells every morning.

My initial suspension is that I injured him aquascaping (I jammed a rock down pretty much on top of him in the sand) or in the move process. I cannot tell if he has lost vision in that eye or not but his other one looks good. I am preparing to do a fresh water dip tomorrow or Sunday. Unfortunately I have had another emergency come up and I won't be able to do anything this evening.

If it is indeed full blown flakes I am worried for my other inhabitants, I have some prezi on hand but I've always been too paranoid to treat my main tank. Are there harmful rammifications if I soak their food with it?

I am looking into food soaking techniques, as it seems like a good measure to help all around in-case it is the problem.

Jdub968
09/22/2017, 05:19 PM
Yes a fw dip would be the first step however prazipro is safe in the DT and I have heard of people doing a general cure food soak with focus and feeding it but quite honestly if you can catch him to do a fw dip just put him in a qt and then it will be much easier to treat. From the pic the eye dosent look swollen but if it does swell you can also use Epsom salt to help relieve the swelling dosed at 1-3 tbs per gal of water in a qt