Whats wrong with my Wrasse ?

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Hello and good Morning from Germany :) ,

yesterday when i came home from work i saw my Wrasse with the head in the Sand and trying to burry himself but couldnt . He didnt swim like usual and fell on its side all the time .
I immediatly putsome Carbon in the tank because i thought it might be some poisining . All other fish ( 2 Hawaii docs and a few chromis are all fine . My Melanurus Wrasse is buried in the Sand for like 7 days but i read that this is normal sometimes but now with a second fish showing weird behavior im not that sure anymore .

anyways i just got out of bed and saw a big scratch on the side of my wrasse and also the fins look kinda ?melting? .

I upload some pictures , maybe someone has a clue whats going on .

Thank you and have a nice day/evening :)

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Guten morgen!

It looks like it has been attacked by another fish in the tank. Possibly the melanurus wrasse? The wounds look about the right size for a bite from a larger melanurus. You may need to remove the fairy wrasse, give it a chance to heal in quarantine, and then reacclimate it using an acclimation box to monitor for aggression.

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Hello Fishfreak2009 ,

thanks for your answer . I thought about that too but dont think that the melanurus did that , i havent seen him for a week and i did monitor my tank with a camera yesterday and saw no fight between any fish .

But my Hawaii docs show a bit agression in the past weeks , i guess it could be one of them . One of them needs to go anyway because my new tank is to small for 2 docs .

Do you think the "melting" of the fins is caused due to stress or maybe he got some disease too ?
 

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Hello Fishfreak2009 ,

thanks for your answer . I thought about that too but dont think that the melanurus did that , i havent seen him for a week and i did monitor my tank with a camera yesterday and saw no fight between any fish .

But my Hawaii docs show a bit agression in the past weeks , i guess it could be one of them . One of them needs to go anyway because my new tank is to small for 2 docs .

Do you think the "melting" of the fins is caused due to stress or maybe he got some disease too ?
I am unsure what a hawaii doc is. Is it a Doktorfisch? Acanthurus or Zebrasoma? If they were being aggressive they could do some damage, but doesn't look like normal damage from them. If the hawaiian doc is a Dascyllus then that certainly could do that damage including shredded fins. If the wrasse was being chased, they could even be self inflicted from banging itself on the rocks trying to escape.

It could also possibly be a bacterial infection, easier to tell if the light is set to a whiter spectrum, closer to normal daylight. Blue lights make the coral colors pop, but can easily hide issues on the fish.
 
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oh sorry i think hawaii doc is more used in germany , yes a zebrasoma flavescens .

It is really weird for me because both wrasses were really chilled . they didnt care for each other or the other fishes . and se same backwards . But he clearly has some damage . I will send more pictures a bit later when the light is more White . i took the pictures when the "sun" just got up :p
 
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oh sorry i think hawaii doc is more used in germany , yes a zebrasoma flavescens .

It is really weird for me because both wrasses were really chilled . they didnt care for each other or the other fishes . and se same backwards . But he clearly has some damage . I will send more pictures a bit later when the light is more White . i took the pictures when the "sun" just got up :p
I have a few german aquarium books and follow a few german aquarium YouTube channels, and distinctly remember Palletten doktorfisch in at least one of the books. I've always loved how literal German animal names are. One of the lesser used, but still relatively common names for doktorfisch here is surgeonfish, which is a pretty close translation realistically. But that is why latin names are so wonderful! They let us know exactly what we are talking about on opposite sides of the world!

Hopefully it is not a bacterial infection, and is just a simple injury that can heal up just fine. In the mean time, Schönen Tag noch!
 
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yes haha its funny how close the names sounding even when we are thousand of kilometers/miles apart . But thanks to latin so everyone knows what the other is talking about :p

I got a few pictures of him in white light . He swims around the Tank like usual nothing seems to "bother" him . He makes a normal apperance by now .
 

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Definitely looks like an injury and not an infection, at least to me. I'd keep an eye on him and if it gets any worse remove him, or if you see someone bullying him, isolate the bully.
Yes i thought the same now in Daylight . I have the feeling that one of the Tangs is the perpetrator as it sometimes bullies my other Tang . Could be the reason why my melanurus is gone for over a week .

Maybe a dumb Question but do i remove the Alpha Tang or the Other ? I guess the Alpha or not ?
 
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Getting him shouldnt be a big deal :) But the Question is which . The alpha tang who swims through the whole tank and which is active nipping on algae BUT seems kinda aggresive or get the Quiet one out who usually stays in his cave and rarely nipps on algae but seems relaxed ?


Edit : Just gave them some food , he went right for it . So thats a good Sign i guess .
 
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