- Nov 19, 2019
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I never actually took it upon myself to join up until now, although I have been reading and following many of threads that are posted here at R2R. I can honestly say one of the most complete forums I've followed, that is a good work by the administrators and the community as a whole.
Well, I've been in the hobby for quite some time (on and off for 20+years, this is my 10th year in a row with reefs), and from time to time I've faced some dificulties as most, although I've been able to cope and find solutions to most of the issues I've come accrossed (many times with the help of R2R posts and such). As I mentioned, my reef tank is about 7 years, although I lost most of my corals and fishes to a defaulty water pump back in 2016, the reef has come back from then and haven't rushed things up.
The male of my ocellaris couple is showing some dark brown / black blotches in the lower part of his body going from the middle back to almost his tail, and I'm not certain of what it is. They have a symbiotic relationship with some sort of olive/brown Palythoas which have stablished for over 2 years. I've seen the female and male with stung marks before but they are always dark dots and not blotches.
I havent checked my params, this week, but I keep them at ~400Ca, 1300+Mg, 7.7+Kh, will check my phosphates as I did have a power outage today that lasted 5hrs (kept an air pump running the whole time), Nitrates <10ppm. I will check them tomorrow again to see if anything is off, even with the power outage I doubt it as all the corals and inverts are doing fine.
I do keep softies like zoas, pallys and mush, LPS Trumpets, Frog and hammers, and SPS a few Acros , monties chalices and such. Aside from the ocellaris, I also have a Cleaner Wrasse and a Mandarin fish on that system, as well as a Cleaner shrimp, few hermits and snails. The mandarin, wrasse and cleaner shrimp were added a few months ago and they are all eating and acting normal. My last addition was a frog that i got from a friend yesterday, he's reef is over 6 years old with a pair of ocellaris that have almost 10 years (from a previous reef) and I only dipped it in Revive and Lugol. It's doing fine right now. All my fish seem to be acting normal, I did notice the wrasse a bit awkward, however eating regularlly, but I will need to confirm it tomorrow.
I'm attaching a few pics of my ocellaris, I'd appreciate if anyone could share some info if you have come accross something like this before. I will pull the ocellaris out if it gets worse, but right now I'm only observing as he is eating and swimming well. Thanks before hand, any help will be appreciate it. Cheers from Brazil btw.