Urgent help needed My Pipe fish's tail is rotting!

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  1. hadiosbourne

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    Hi Guys,
    I bought a pipefish a couple of days ago, i'm keeping it in a separate small breeding box attached to the tank ,
    I noticed the tail is starting to rot, Any ideas what could it be?
    My PH is a bit low, and KH a bit high, everything else is in order,
    Could it be one of these 2?


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  3. Mc

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    That looks really bad.
    I think it might be some sort of bacteial infection like fin rot.
    Pipe fish are very prone to that kind of thing.
    Could also be something stinging it, they are also quite sensitive to the sting of a lot of coral or any anemones.

    How low is the pH?
    What is the temperature and salinity?
     
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    Thanks, i also though it could be an infection, already started dosing artemiss,
    But its strange that it happened so fast, i bought him on saturday, and it was perfectly fine,
    And by today almost all the tail is gone,
    Good thing is that he is eating, i'll keep dosing artemiss

    my salinity is 1.025
    PH is about 8, I'm dosing eight.four

    and temperature is always 26
     
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    That looks bad, not sure what could have caused that. Your ph is fine.
     
  6. Mc

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    The artemis is good and will boost his immune.
    You might want to try dip him in a stronger medication for bacterial infections.

    I find bacterial infections normally show up when fish are stressed or have bad water conditions.

    If there is nothing else in the tank that needs a specific salinity and temp, I would suggest lowering them to. 1.023 and 24 degrees.
    It will slow down the spread of the infection a bit and the pipefish will be less stressed.
     
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    what does he eat?
     
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    hadiosbourne Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys, but it didn't make it:(
    it was eating brine shrimp
    Not sure what killed it so fast, good thing is i didn't buy the pair,
    Otherwise the regret would have been double!
     
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    were do you get live brine? did you buy pipefish from a sponsor?
     
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    I hatched them myself, no i bought them from panaroma pets,
    their stock was always healthy, i never had a problem with their stock
     
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    awesum man,but sorry bout your loss
     
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    Hadi looks like it was wounded, maybe it got hurt some place. Don't think a bacteria infection could spread that fast and most definitely gone septic now
     
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    That sucks, sorry man.
     
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    Thanks guys, @Ayoob i was watching this guy for almost 2weeks at the pet store before buying it,
    It was eating perfectly and was in a good health condition,Maybe the infection was there and the change of environment made it worst
     
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    Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately like their cousins "seahorses" they can develop a bacterial infection which will eat away at them and kill them 90% of the time. The best method is normally a freshwater dip, isolation and medication.

    A visit to a pet store today showed a bacterial infection on one Sea-Horse. Although it is not contagious you possibly picket the wrong one and was not personally responsible for the quick onset.

    Here is hoping the next one provides a long term pleasure
     
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    Thanks man, was a good lesson for me not to go after these exotic guys without studying :)
     
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    I know what you are saying but at the same time don't give up on the little guys. We all pay for the "lessons in life" but you might just become the guy that falls madly in love with the species and makes the biggest difference.

    Still a pity that you did not get a little longer enjoyment from the purchase;)
     
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    Next time i'll set up a separate tank for these guys,
    Really like to get them mated.
     
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