Powder Blue has white spot

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  1. Lemar

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    I bought a healthy powder blue 2 days ago, just noticed when I got home that he has white spot. I have a UV filter in my tank, but i know it's to small. I was told when i bought it 6 months ago that it was big enough, but has since been advised that it was incorrect info. (mine only 5W, and apparantly I need 55W). Just don't have the $$$'s this month.

    1) Will he infect the rest of the fish in my tank
    2) Will he die?

    I really want to do everything in my power to save him please.
    I also bought a yellow tang, so really don't want him to get infected
    Water parameters are all fine, what should I do and how?
     
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    Hi Lemar - I am really sorry to hear this. BUT, welcome to keeping a Powder Blue. They are the fish who is MOST commonly known to have whitespot!

    You can TRY, the following:
    - mix his food with freshly cut garlic
    - lower the salinity in your tank a little bit...
    - feed slightly more, but tune your skimmer slightly more wet
    - increase the alkalinity of the tank...
    - increase the water temp of the tank, to about 27 degrees...

    Failing all of that - catch the fish and place in a seperate tank/container and dose a copper based medicine.....

    Good luck!
     
  4. Lemar

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    Thanks jacques. won't all these measures affect the other corals + fish in my tank? also wont a reduced salinity affect the corals?
     
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    Feed the guys with food enriched with a multivitamin the one from Boyd enterprises called Vitachem. Feed him at least three times per day. Reducing the salinity in your main display will harm your corals and inverts. PB tangs are notorious for white spot but they will always get a bit now and then so if your guys has a few then feeding them and boosting the immune system of all your fish will help them fight this off. If things get bad, be rpepared to net him and place him in a quarantine tank. We can advise you from there
     
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    He passed away, we did everything we possibly could in the short time he started showing the white spot... I am very sad, but there is nothing I can do about it.
    Please let me know if there is any remedial action I should take regarding the other live stock in the tank ect. thx
     
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    Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately one of the tougher Tangs to keep happy, especially when they get the spot.

    Hopefully the whitespot hasn't got into your sand. Watch your livestock, if you see sizes of bad whitespot then there are some hectic measures that can be taken.
     
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    Sorry for your loss. This is the main reason im scared of getting a powder blue
     
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    That's where I have strange luck. I kept a powder blue alive for ages but don't even think of bringing me a yellow tang. Those guys go belly up quickly in my tank
     
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    In the future use Myxazin it marine and coral safe buy the big bottle (for ponds) it will last forever
     
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    thanks everyone. I will keep a look-out.
    WArr exactly how do you get white-spot in the tank?
     
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    Open the bag wich the fish is in and dose a small amount of Myxazin and you are good to go

    ML
     
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    If the parasite has detached from the fish, they will go straight to the substrate to complete their reproductive cycle.
     
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    Chill man, I had the same problem for almost 2 months with my Powder Blue. Dont use any medicine in the tank at all. Dont also try cathing him out and treating him,you will lose him. If you have plenty of liverock for him to graze, fine. If you going to try feeding different foods you going to overfeed the tank. Also dont mess around with dosing additives. If his active in the tank, he is doing fine.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the loss:(Let's hope that the parasite doen't affect any of the other livestock
     
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    It's dead;)

    The parasite will surely infect every fish, once the cycle reaches the egg hatching stage and the new parasites are released into the tank.

    Once again i read the myths of garlic and lower salinity within the reef tank, once again a fish is dead and nothing has been achieved to prevent the next attack.

    Quarrantine all new fish and prevent the parasite entering your tank.
     
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