Regal angelfish in QT

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Hi,

To keep a long story short, i'll just start by listing some bullet points...

  • I got a 4" Regal Angelfish almost 3 weeks ago, and put it in QT.
    The QT had no fish in it for like 6 months, but was kept in water and filter powered on.
  • The regal was fine for a couple days, started picking and eating oysters and mussels at day 2.
    No visible sign of disease.
  • On day 3, I added a rock full of sponges so it could eat them.
  • On day 5, it started flashing and having some weird behavior.
  • I did a freshwater dip the next day to check for flukes. No flukes.
  • The regal kept flashing and having some strange behavior, like spending most of it's days upright, next to the water heater.
    I did water changes and checked water parameters. Everything was fine.
  • On day 10, it stopped eating.
  • On day 11, it was really weak and barely moving.
  • On day 12, it was dead.
    Again, no visible sign of disease.
Theory #1 : It had some kind of internal disease.
Theory #2 : Sponges released some kind of toxin that killed the fish.

Fast forward a week later, I visit my LFS and they just happen to have another regal angelfish, pretty much identical from the 1st one.

I take a chance, hoping that what killed my 1st regal was not something that stayed in the water.

  • The 2nd regal had no visible sign of disease and looks healthy.
  • I acclimate and put the fish in QT
  • After about 10 min in QT, it starts flashing and having strange behavior.
  • It picked at a mussel, but did not eat it completly.
  • I'm now on day 3, and the fish is still having strange behavior, is moving all around the tank, and is looking really annoyed by something.
  • I just put a mussel in the tank, and is not going for it.
The behavior is, again, consistent with flukes, but freshwater dip on the 1st regal revealed nothing.

So, what the heck is going on with this fish???

Note that i'm in Canada, and most fish meds are now illegal.
In case this is indeed flukes, I ordered Prazipro from the US on ebay, but its gonna take a couple days to arrive, and might get intercepted by customs.

I'm really bummed out by this, the regal angel is my dream fish, and would REALLY want it to work this time...

Thanks
 
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Well in the last 2 hours this spiraled down really fast.

Just as I was ready for the freshwater bath, the regal looked almost dead.

I still did the freshwater bath, and I saw exactly one fluke that came out.

It's moving a bit now, and looks more relaxed, but not sure if its just on the brink of death.

By now I would be really surprised if it's still alive in the morning.
 
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The regal is still alive this morning, but barely... I checked in half an hour later, and it was dead...

So, there is something in my QT that killed these fish.

I'm gonna have to go back to basics, and relearn how to do a QT, because I really feel like a failure right now.
 

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