Urgent help needed Guinea fowl wrasse in trouble

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  1. zak

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    I added a Guinea fowl wrasse last Wednesday, he was fine for a few days, but now seems very inactive and even lying on his side. He hasn't taken any food(even brine shrimp). Advise please, I don't wanna lose this guy..
     
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    Zak I am not a boffin on wrasses but as far as I know they eat amphipods etc in the wild. Does your tank have enough to support him. What other foods have you tried ?

    Lying on his side is not a good sign,
     
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    I think we need more information than that. How long has the tank been up and running? What are your parameters? (ammonia, nitrite, PH, SG, temp, nitrate, etc) What kind of tank? FOWLR, Reef, ... ? What other (if any) inhabitants?
     
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    Flakes and other dried foods as well. My tank has lots of cope pods, I have seen him forage for food off the live rock..
     
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    Ammonia:0
    Nitrate: +/- 5ppm
    Nitrite:0
    Temp: 26 deg Celsius
    Tank running for about 2 months
     
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    Other inhabitants:

    2*chromis
    2* yellow tailed blue damsels
    2* percula clowns
    1* orange spotted goby
    1* domino damsel

    Fish only system, soon to change..
     
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    have the other fish been bothering the wrasse? You have some aggro fish
     
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    No trouble from the other fish.. The domino damsel was only added to the tank abt two days ago.. He was in the sin bin prior to that..
     
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    the fish has not eaten since you got him? Try some mysis shrimp. The thing is that these are difficult fish to keep and I believe that there requirements are similar to that of a mandrin ie lots of pods. Your tank is only 2months old so it lacks the "life" needed to sustain such a specimen. Do you have a refugium? If you do then that would be a nice place to leave him where he can eat pods in peace and recover. I would suggest selling or giving the fish to someone with an established tank :( .. Only thing I can think of if it does not take mysis is to try live brine.
     
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    What is the size of the tank? as these 2 don't add up, 8 fish in 2 months with no Nitrite and Ammonia? have you double check the parameter?

    also, 2 months is not mature enough IMO.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't sound good, what does his stomage area look like?
     
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    4ft tank(270l), 100l sump
     
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    way to many fish way too soon.

    What test kits are you using? pH? SG?

    I really do suspect Ammonia or Nitrite poisoning, are the fish gilling? (gills flapping fast)
     
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    This fish are quite delicate and dont travel/ship well.
    Its probably dying from post traumatic stress syndrome
     
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    I wouldn't say tank is mature, but it definitely has cycled.. Went through the diatom algae phase, nitrate spiked and has since stabilized..

    The fish were not all added at one go, a pair per week from week 4..

    Added some Chaeto about a week ago(thanks Inflames), that would definitely have added some bacterial diversity..
     
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