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Old 03/07/2018, 07:00 PM   #1
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Anthais Not Doing Well

Came home to find my anthais laying down not looking so good. Heís been laying around the last few days. Not sure whatís up. No signs of aggression or disease. All my fish were quarantined. The only thing I can think of is that heís just old since the guy who had him before me had him for several years.

Hereís a pic. Still normal breathing. Going to see if he eats in a bit.




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Old 03/07/2018, 07:30 PM   #2
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Not eating. Nothing wrong with the water just got a Triton test back. He must be old. Sad


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Old 03/07/2018, 08:31 PM   #3
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Did the guy who had him before you have any more Anthias or just the one?


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Old 03/07/2018, 08:33 PM   #4
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I just got one a month ago. Really enjoy it. Hope she pulls through.


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Old 03/07/2018, 08:50 PM   #5
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Did the guy who had him before you have any more Anthias or just the one?


I think he had three. Itís been in my tank for about eight months Iíd say.


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Old 03/07/2018, 10:05 PM   #6
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Anthias are really social within their own group. If it had friends at one point, it might be missing them. If it had always been a single Anthias, I wouldn't be saying this, but the poor guy looks lonely to me.


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Old 03/07/2018, 11:42 PM   #7
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Anthias are really social within their own group. If it had friends at one point, it might be missing them. If it had always been a single Anthias, I wouldn't be saying this, but the poor guy looks lonely to me.


Aw. Well he didnít make it. Died about an hour ago. RIP little guy. I donít know what happened to the other ones. But when I got him he was alone, but I do know the guy who sold him to me had two more. That sucks. I had no idea he was lonely but I donít think he died of loneliness. Maybe next time Iíll get three.


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Old 03/08/2018, 12:24 AM   #8
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Sorry Hoping old age. I had a group of Lyretail that aged out between 6 and 8 years.


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I had no idea he was lonely but I donít think he died of loneliness. Maybe next time Iíll get three.
He probably didn't die from loneliness, but who knows? Anthias are Reef friendly fish, but they are same species community fish. That one is the male in absence of his harem of mates.

The other thing about Anthias is they're kind of like Mandarins...they require multiple feedings throughout the day which can be a very tedious chore.

At least you were able to enjoy him for the last 8 months, and he did look fat, so he probably just aged out.

R.I.P. Mr. Anthias


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He probably didn't die from loneliness, but who knows? Anthias are Reef friendly fish, but they are same species community fish. That one is the male in absence of his harem of mates.



The other thing about Anthias is they're kind of like Mandarins...they require multiple feedings throughout the day which can be a very tedious chore.



At least you were able to enjoy him for the last 8 months, and he did look fat, so he probably just aged out.



R.I.P. Mr. Anthias


Yeah he was a fatty, even when he died he was big when I pulled him out. He ate 3x a day.


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I kept single anthias for 5+ years. Plus they change to males as they get older, that was a female. I cant look at that fish and say "no sign of disease". It was definitely sick


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Looked like a Pink Square to me. Which is male. I could be wrong.




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I kept single anthias for 5+ years. Plus they change to males as they get older, that was a female. I cant look at that fish and say "no sign of disease". It was definitely sick


Yeah what do you think it had because im stumped.


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Hard to say from a single picture. But it has frayed fins and white patches on the body. Can be anything from a protozoan or bacterial infection to flukes.


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Hard to say from a single picture. But it has frayed fins and white patches on the body. Can be anything from a protozoan or bacterial infection to flukes.
I think the white patches and frayed fins are from my crabs, my wrasse, and shrimp pecking at him while he was laying on the sand personally. Especially because I QT all of my fish for at least 30 days and feed them a combination of Dr G's, API General Cure, Focus, Metroplex, and Kanaplex on a regime.

Also the morning I left for work he was fine, swimming around, no frayed fins or signs of sickness.

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I think the white patches and frayed fins are from my crabs, my wrasse, and shrimp pecking at him while he was laying on the sand personally. Especially because I QT all of my fish for at least 30 days and feed them a combination of Dr G's, API General Cure, Focus, Metroplex, and Kanaplex on a regime.

Also the morning I left for work he was fine, swimming around, no frayed fins or signs of sickness.

Just my observations.
I typically put sick or dying fish in my refugium so they have a peaceful, nonviolent death.


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I typically put sick or dying fish in my refugium so they have a peaceful, nonviolent death.
That's a good idea. When I knew he was a goner (laying on his side with literally barely a motor function just slow breathing) I put him in an ice bath.


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