Urgent help needed Copperband butterfly 'floating' in water

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  1. lourensmocke

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    Hi everyone. I came home today to find my cbb 'floating' in the water. At times he can still swim but mostly just being carried by the water. Sometimes right up, other times on his side or upside down.

    I don't know what happened as he was still eating last night. He looks a bit skinny. He is not eating today.

    I have noticed that the yellow tang swims/darts very close to him and almost like rub against him. Not sure if the tang could've attacked/hurt the cbb.

    They have been together in the tank for about 2 months now and seemed to not have had any issues.

    I don't have a qt, so I have placed him in a container inside the tank so he is isolated, but still get some water movement.

    The only thing that changed in the tank is that I started feeding live brine shrimp on the weekend.

    It will be very sad to lose my cbb as he is so tame and eating from my fingers.

    Please anyone, any ideas?
     
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  3. viper357

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    Doesn't sound good I'm afraid. Sadly my one started doing this after having him for about 3 years, it died within a day or two of the same signs you mentioned, swimming upside down and on it's side. :(
     
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    Hmmm...thanks @viper357, doesn't sound promising..... I wonder what could've happened. Are yellow tangs usually aggressive towards other tank mates?

    Not sure if he had anything to do with it as they lived in harmony for a couple of months.
     
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    did he make the night?
     
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    Sadly he didn't...
     
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    Sorry to hear about the loss. Its never nice losing a fish.
     
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