A plastic bin or rubber maid container can work as a quick QT.I put the fish in a zip lock baggy with water and have it in the tank hanging from lid. I know it’s not ideal but I don’t want him to get eaten by the pistol shrimp or anything and I have no QT tank or blue bath :/
Okay thank youJust get a container, anything that hold water. 2 liter bottle, large Tupperware, anything like that. Throw an air stone in it and try to get a heater in there if you can (it’s okay if you can’t right now, but ASAP) the fish will be fine. Water changes daily or every other day. Try to get some live rock in there from the DT. This is how I made a makeshift QT. Works forever basically if you stay on top of keeping it clean.
Update us on how he does and if he makes it through the night!
Well guys sadly the fish died when I woke up this morning. I got about a gallon tuber ware and put that airstone in it and was hoping the fish would make it but sadly didn’t. I really don’t understand because like I said everything else in my tank is doing great and this fish didn’t even make it a week but I added a pistol shrimp and cleaner shrimp at the same time and they’re doing fineGood luck!
I agree. But if this problem is caused by disease, it has already infected the rest of the tank. I would approach this as if the entire tank is infected, even though other fish seem fine.I would try isolating the fish in a QT tank with an air stone if you can, it sounds pretty sick. If you can’t isolate, put an air stone in the biocube for now, hopefully someone with disease knowledge can help you on medication
Yeah but I have no idea what disease it could of had if any. It literally was fine a few days ago. Here’s a picI agree. But if this problem is caused by disease, it has already infected the rest of the tank. I would approach this as if the entire tank is infected, even though other fish seem fine.
Well I checked salinity of the water the fish was shipped in and it was 1.020 my water is 1.025. And you mean make a batch of saltwater that’s the same salinity as the fish is in already and then put him in that QT tank? And then slowly raise the salinity of that water to my DT?For future reference just because I haven’t seen this mentioned yet in this thread; long acclimations are good for fish bought locally but can be deadly for shipped fish.
If you get a fish shipped again, find out from the vendor what the salinity is that the fish ships at, make a bucket of fresh saltwater to match (or match your QT tank), and when you get the fish float the bag for 15 minutes to get the temperature to match then put the fish straight into the new container without any of its shipping water. Then you can slowly raise/lower the salinity to match your DT (if you’re skipping QT). This way the fish doesn’t get ammonia burns.
And, there are other diseases (flukes, velvet, perhaps more) that can attack the gills so keep an eye on your other fish especially since it sounds like the yellow watchmen wasn’t quarantined. You can make plans now for how to treat your other fish if they get sick and hopefully you won’t need to act on those plans but at least you’ll be prepared if you do have to act.
Well... the thing to consider is that he may have taken something along with him when he was packaged.Yeah but I have no idea what disease it could of had if any. It literally was fine a few days ago. Here’s a pic
What should I test my water for? Like nitrates and ammonia? And no all it was really doing was just laying on the sand bed with heavy breathing and then would like fall to it’s side and then get back up fast and continue heavy breathing. Definitely lack of oxygen somehowWell... the thing to consider is that he may have taken something along with him when he was packaged.
Labored breathing may have been something along the line of Velvet. Was it exhibiting any other behaviors, like swimming into the flow of power heads?
I would suggest doing a complete test of your water. Always post water test results when dealing with a situation like this.