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About BayouBeard

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  1. I was wondering what the heck mine was doing. It's almost as if he sees himself in the glass and gets pissed. Is this normal behavior?
  2. Thanks GeauxSaints...I ended up getting the medium and he's HUGE...he came in at 3-1/4" total length. He didn't waste anytime grazing on the rock either. I'll try some Nori later this week to see if he's up for it. Beautiful fish by the way.
  3. Thanks Tobias...I appreciate the video link.
  4. When it comes to purchasing there any advantage to getting a small specimen vs a large specimen? Does the smaller one have a better chance of adapting to your aquarium vs a larger one? Does the larger one have the advantage of a more developed immune system (hardiness)? I know larger specimens are more expensive, but I think that has more to do with the "I want it now" mentality. Any thoughts?
  5. Don't mean to hijack the thread...but seeing as how you guys all have blennies...which one of the two would you say adapt to prepared foods easier? I'm looking at getting either a starry or lawnmower (leaning towards the starry for the coloration). Also...does the purchase size make a difference...better to get a small specimen vs a medium...or is that just preference?
  6. The epsom had no noticeable affect on the bloating at all. I'm not certain whether the Clownfish are WC or CB. I just called my LFS and the only thing he has that's comparable to the above medications is API General Cure. I checked online and it has both Praziquantel and Metronidazole, so it sounds like it should do the trick. So far I have added 4 teaspoons of Epsom salt and dosed 3 days with Quick Cure (Formalin and Malachite Green). Do I need to do a water change at all before I start to treat with the API General Cure? I will stop soaking food as well to see if this helps. For what it's worth...the other Clownfish that is still in my DT goes crazy at feeding time and that food has always been soaked in both Selcon and Garlic. My LFS has frozen cyclpeeze which I will also pick up this afternoon.
  7. As far as food goes...I'm feeding NLS pellet, SA Hatchery Diet pellet, Ocean Nutrition Formula One flake, and Ocean Nutrition Frozen Mysis. All food is soaked in Selcon and Kent Marine Garlic.
  8. I decided to move just the affected Clownfish to QT, as the other seems to be doing well. I'm on my 3rd day of dosing Mardel Quick Cure (Formalin and Malachite Green), and just finished my second epsom salt bath (30 minute duration). After the higher dose (1 teaspoon per liter) bath, I just pour the bath water back into the QT gradually increasing the amount of epsom salt in the QT. Now I've noticed blotching and loss of color on both sides of the center white marking. Is this a sign of an internal parasite or bacterial infection? He is still looking as if he's bloated with long, white, stringy detritus and is still not eating. He's interested in the food but just spits it out.
  9. I'm going to put the Clowns in QT today and treat with Seachem Paraguard as well as Selcon and Garlic in the food. I really appreciate your help.
  10. Move BOTH Clowns to QT...or just the one affected Clown?
  11. So should I dip/bathe in epsom salt? If so, how much epsom salt and for how long? Would Seachem Paraguard work instead of copper? I currently have a Royal Gramma in my QT that has been there since Friday. He seems to be doing well eating and currently shows no signs of disease. Should I move him to my DT or keep him with the Clownfish in the QT?
  12. The bubbles looked like raised lesions as if a pellet was under the skin. The spots are random and show no particular pattern. No other fish are affected at this point...all show normal breathing and a healthy appetite. I did notice the affected Clownfish with stringy white detritus hanging from his vent. Could this be indicative of a parasitic worm infection as you mentioned earlier?
  13. The Clown showed signs long before the shrimp/star showed up. The labored breathing and lack of appetite didn't happen until just recently...last week or so. It started out looking like small bubbles under the skin. Breathing and appetite was normal. The bubbles turned into raised white bumps that are in the pictures. Labored breathing and loss of appetite began. From first signs of bubbles under skin to raised white bumps was around a week or so. Loss of appetite and labored breathing came after another week. Total time from beginning to now is around 3 weeks. No access to a microscope...unfortunately.
  14. I bought the Clownfish as a pair and added them at the same time. The only things that I added after them were Peppermint Shrimp and a Harlequin Serpent Star...none of which should carry any fish related disease/parasite? The gills seem to look ok...although it is showing signs of rapid breathing.