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Ontario, Canada. One of my local stores has two healthy ones in their coral display tanks but they told me they can't fish them out. Which I understand - it'd be a huge hassle - but I can't help wishing they could.
@Jay HemdalCan anyone refer me to scientific sources on the topic of starvation and organ failure? I'm searching up on the forum right now but if there's anything else I should read, I'd appreciate recommendations. I still haven't found a good scientific guide on saltwater fish diseases.
I was incorrect when I said "organ failure", but this post from Jay Hemdal is what I was referring to...Can anyone refer me to scientific sources on the topic of starvation and organ failure? I'm searching up on the forum right now but if there's anything else I should read, I'd appreciate recommendations. I still haven't found a good scientific guide on saltwater fish diseases.
Fish will reach a point where if they have gone without food long enough, that they use up their livers for energy. Once that point is reached, they cannot recover from the liver damage.
He's died. Possibly was dead when I thought I saw him turn around - it was probably just the water current.
Really bummed because he was eating well. Could he have died because of high nitrates? It was my understanding that nitrates have to be REALLY high before fish start showing adverse effects.
Or if it's not nitrates, anything else I can do differently next time? I love the dragonet family but I've had several die mysteriously like this, going from eating really well to lethargic and dead within the span of a day or two. No visible sign of ich or velvet but it could've been in the gills. Should I invest in a microscope to start taking samples? Should I put them straight into quarantine with some sort of medication? I was going to let this guy get fatter before I started treating him but maybe I shouldn't have waited.
IMO, unless they're giving you the fish for free, I wouldn't even risk it.Thank you! I've come across that on other threads as well. I'm wondering at what point does that liver damage start so I can assess whether a fish at the LFS is past saving or not. I know with mandarins if the stomach is very concave they're probably past saving and they're only really healthy if the lateral line isn't visible but that's a big range.