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Hey fellow reefers! I desperately need some help figuring out what is going on with my melanarus wrasse. A week ago I added him to my what was a coral and inverts only 29 gallon biocube. He is the only fish in the tank. He hid out for 2 days after I introduced him into the tank. After day 2 he finally came out of hiding and started exploring. As he was swimming around checking out his new home I sat and watched. After a few minutes of getting a really good look at him I noticed he has several small white spots on him. They aren’t horrible but if it is indeed an infection or something I’m hoping to catch it sooner rather than later. I made a rookie mistake by not quarantining him before adding him to the tank but I told myself that since he’s the only fish it would be okay. I really hope that I don’t end up regretting that choice.

Here’s a few pictures of the small white spots that I circled or made an arrow pointing at them in red. Does anyone have any idea what it could be or treatment advice? I also noticed that he would take deep breaths that almost resembled him yawning. I also noticed every so often he would rub his side on the rocks, sand, or powerhead where his scales are affected. Any help, advice, or ideas y’all can give me is very much appreciated! I’m hoping to catch it before it gets worse.

Location of white spots in question:
- 1 spot on the left side of body, scales look irritated and discolored
- 2 spots on caudal fin
- a few that are hard to see on his pectoral fins
- 2 small spots on anal fin

Also, it seems like he is taking deep breaths every so often…. I figured I would add that little tid bit just in case it may help identify what’s wrong with him.

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Great photos, I’m guessing Lympho. ?
Which mean these were brought on by stress. Good water quality, low stress environment and high quality foods are all you can do if lympho.
My melanarus and coris tend to yawn, wouldn’t worry about that too much.
Flashing...may be lymph but may mean something more.
Best wishes for your Mel.

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Hey fellow reefers! I desperately need some help figuring out what is going on with my melanarus wrasse. A week ago I added him to my what was a coral and inverts only 29 gallon biocube. He is the only fish in the tank. He hid out for 2 days after I introduced him into the tank. After day 2 he finally came out of hiding and started exploring. As he was swimming around checking out his new home I sat and watched. After a few minutes of getting a really good look at him I noticed he has several small white spots on him. They aren’t horrible but if it is indeed an infection or something I’m hoping to catch it sooner rather than later. I made a rookie mistake by not quarantining him before adding him to the tank but I told myself that since he’s the only fish it would be okay. I really hope that I don’t end up regretting that choice.

Here’s a few pictures of the small white spots that I circled or made an arrow pointing at them in red. Does anyone have any idea what it could be or treatment advice? I also noticed that he would take deep breaths that almost resembled him yawning. I also noticed every so often he would rub his side on the rocks, sand, or powerhead where his scales are affected. Any help, advice, or ideas y’all can give me is very much appreciated! I’m hoping to catch it before it gets worse.

Location of white spots in question:
- 1 spot on the left side of body, scales look irritated and discolored
- 2 spots on caudal fin
- a few that are hard to see on his pectoral fins
- 2 small spots on anal fin

Also, it seems like he is taking deep breaths every so often…. I figured I would add that little tid bit just in case it may help identify what’s wrong with him.

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Those spots are too large to be ich, so that’s good. They could be viral Lymphocytis, which will go away on its own. However, the other behaviors you noted could be a sign of flukes. This can be treated with two applications of Prazipro, and that can often be treated in a reef tank if you increase aeration.
Jay
 

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