Ich or Brooklynella? maybe both?

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I thought it was ich, but some of the visual symptoms seem more like brooklynella - is it just one, or could it be both? If you look at the second picture, is that a sore on the head of the center clownfish?

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I can’t tell, but ich (white spot) is very common.
QT tank and meds if you can. I treated ich in tank with polyp lab medic but a qt is prob better.
Also, my clown was so run down by ich he was just laying on the sand. I added hydrogen peroxide to increase the o2 in the water (only use this as a last resort and research first).
 

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I looked at photos of marine velvet all night. I think I read every article/study the internet offers. That unfortunately looks a lot like the photos I was seeing of velvet. It may be worth waiting for someone who has dealt with it to confirm though.
 

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I thought it was ich, but some of the visual symptoms seem more like brooklynella - is it just one, or could it be both? If you look at the second picture, is that a sore on the head of the center clownfish?

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I’ve never seen it happen, but it does look like the fish have symptoms of both Brook and ich. You can rule out velvet unless the fish are breathing hard/fast.
The trouble is, Brook and ich have different treatments and both need to be done in a treatment tank, do you have one available to use?
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I do! Oh no this is going to get complicated I see. In this tank I have these two clownfish, the gramma; along with a flame hawkfish and christmas wrasse (H. claudia).

My clownfish don't seem bothered despite their apparent condition - they're not flashing, swim fine and have appetite. The hawkfish and wrasse don't really have any visible symptoms of anything, though the wrasse will flash.

Up until a few hours ago, my gramma was only flashing, but I found it tilted at the surface, swimming into the current; maybe breathing...deeply? is what I'm going to call it. I gave it a ~3 minute fw dip to help alleviate some of its symptoms until I can set up a qt tank
 
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I do! Oh no this is going to get complicated I see. In this tank I have these two clownfish, the gramma; along with a flame hawkfish and christmas wrasse (H. claudia).

My clownfish don't seem bothered despite their apparent condition - they're not flashing, swim fine and have appetite. The hawkfish and wrasse don't really have any visible symptoms of anything, though the wrasse will flash.

Up until a few hours ago, my gramma was only flashing, but I found it tilted at the surface, swimming into the current; maybe breathing...deeply? is what I'm going to call it. I gave it a ~3 minute fw dip to help alleviate some of its symptoms until I can set up a qt tank
Well, with the gramma having breathing issues, that muddles the diagnosis. At his point, the best I can suggest is to give the fish a 5 minute freshwater dip and get them into a QT. Then, you’ll need to decide to treat for ich/velvet and go with copper or treat for Brook with formalin.
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Thanks jay. It seems I underestimated how much time I had - I lost the gramma and a clownfish already :(

Can I do a 45m formalin bath, put them in a clean QT, then add copper a day or two later to give them a chance to rest? or should I not combine treatments this way

and to be clear, all the fish have brook, right? it may affect clownfish, but the other fish need to be treated too, correct?
 

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Not all fish will succumb to Brook, but I don’t know if anyone has ever developed a comprehensive list. I’ve only had issues with clownfish, basslets and some wrasses.
I think your formalin dip, followed by copper sounds good. Do you need help calculating the formalin dip?
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Jay, I chickened out of the FW dip. I prepped everything according to the humblefish website, but my clownfish went instantly catatonic - I panicked and put it back in the DT (so it was in there for like 30s tops). It had some frayed fins but seemed to recover. I can try again tomorrow; now that I remember it said some fish wouldn't immediately react well.

I would really appreciate the help/confirmation - If I do a formalin bath (for all my fish, just to be safe?) is it 0.6mL/gal? I have 37% formalin. If I use a 3 gal bucket, I just add ~1.8 mL to freshly mixed salt water, aerating 30 min before and during the bath?

Oh. and can I just sacrifice some sand from my dt to put in a dish in the qt for my wrasse? or do I have to buy new, special substrate?

Actually, can I just use formalin as the treatment for both diseases, in the qt tank? It seems a 10 day treatment might do that, but I'm not sure how many people have experience with this.


Thank you for your help!!!
 

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Jay, I chickened out of the FW dip. I prepped everything according to the humblefish website, but my clownfish went instantly catatonic - I panicked and put it back in the DT (so it was in there for like 30s tops). It had some frayed fins but seemed to recover. I can try again tomorrow; now that I remember it said some fish wouldn't immediately react well.

I would really appreciate the help/confirmation - If I do a formalin bath (for all my fish, just to be safe?) is it 0.6mL/gal? I have 37% formalin. If I use a 3 gal bucket, I just add ~1.8 mL to freshly mixed salt water, aerating 30 min before and during the bath?

Oh. and can I just sacrifice some sand from my dt to put in a dish in the qt for my wrasse? or do I have to buy new, special substrate?

Actually, can I just use formalin as the treatment for both diseases, in the qt tank? It seems a 10 day treatment might do that, but I'm not sure how many people have experience with this.


Thank you for your help!!!
Yes - that's the standard formalin dose for a dip. I run those dips for 45 minutes.

Formalin doesn't work well for ich. I think the static dose (24 hour dose) of 25 mg/l is too low to kill the theronts. Just my opinion - after the formalin dip, I would start copper. However, you are going to need some non-calcareous sand for the wrasse, silica sand perhaps? Some people put that in a plastic Tupperware container at the bottom of the tank as opposed to placing it throughout the tank.

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