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Paddy

Sand sticking to fish

Hi All,

ever since I put a couple of gobies in the tank they have been churning up the sand like no ones business. This keep causing the tank water to go misty and the sand has started to stick to the fish. 

I know that the first question will be “are you sure it’s not ICH” and the answer is you can never be 100% sure but it does look like grains of sand in the fish.

The tank was set up a month or so ago using Dr Tim’s and around 40KG of live rock from my existing tank. It was filled with 50% existing tank water and 50% new. The only thing that I didn’t add was the old sand bed. Tonight I only found the new filter sock that I’d bought so this should help trap some of the sand in the water and stop it from re-entering the tank through the return pump. 

Anyway, my question to you is, does anyone have any other ideas bar moving the offending fish out of the tank to stop this from happening?

Just in case I have also set up the old tank, in case I need to turn this into a hospital tank.

 

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I think given time the particulates will work through to the filter socks and be gone, you tank is still very immature and you will have small particles that have not bound to the larger rains of sand.

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Ok as a precaution I moved the purple tank, sailfin and clowns into my hospital tank this morning. And I’m afraid it was ich or brock (although it looked like sand) because when I came home from work my big purple tang was in a sorry state the poor thing was on its last legs and smothered in spots. I went in a couple of hours later to do a water change and it had died. I am now struggling trying to catch the rest of the fish and have been for the last 2 hrs. :(

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Do not fear the worst mate, I have had Ws in the past and only lost a few of the fish.

Sad you lost your purple tang they are a stunning fish. I would suggest you go fallow for 6 weeks . That will end the WS cycle. Have you got UV or ozone running ? This will help kill the free floating parasites

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Yeah, al fish are now in the hospital tank.

im running UV on the display, so hopefully in a couple of months i’ll Be clear and the fish can return 

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The recommended time to go fallow is 6 weeks but it will not hurt to extend that a little.

Fingers crossed everything will be ok

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It’s been a real crappy month for me, first the lights and then the fish. I suppose we have to deal with these things as they come.

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