Something on clown. Parasite?

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    Guys whats this?

    I thought it was a sting from my Urchin because both the clowns get quite curious of almost anything new in the tank but its been getting bigger for sure.

    Clown is eating like a pig and nothing else seems affected.

    Cleaner wrasse has never gone for it either.

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    Sorry about the glass, my Tunze cleaner magnet is on its way :D
     
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    I'll try but won't be easy. Can't tell if its a isopod, if it is it hasn't developed to the point where it looks like that pic.

    Should I try a FW dip?
     
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    Ideally need to identify the problem before treating it. If you can, try catch the fish in a net, then take it out of the water and have close look at it with a magnifying glass or something, then try and describe it as best you can. Just watch the fish doesn't jump out of the net, lol.
     
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    Ok, will try that later today, in the water its not much clearer than the pic I posted. The clown definitely has less colour than the other one.
     
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    Can you tell if it's a growth? Does it have sort of a cauliflower look to it?
     
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    Yes! and yes, definitely, just in brown colour...

    I'd say its a growth and not something "on" the clown.
     
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    Fish Fin Disorders..:( hope it's not what this FishFarmacy says...(cauliflower growth)..definately need a Pic..
     
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    Thing is, its not on a fin, its under his belly so to speak...
     
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    Sounds like it could be lymphocytis (not sure if that is spelt right :p). Have a look at the stickies in this forum, see if they can help you identify it.
     
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    According to this thread Common Fish Diseases - Marine Aquariums of South Africa I'd say you're right...

    They said a FW dip might help, no real treatment. Could try to remove it with a scalpel and treat the wound... An open wound just screams out secondary bacterial infection to me.

    I don't have a quarantine ready atm so I'm deciding...
     
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    Important question, Can it spread?
     
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    Yeah...that's what my Link said it was...no known cure, according to them...
     
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    2 more questions:

    1. any humane ways to dispose of the sick clown?

    2. does anyone else want a healthy one?
     
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    Don't you first want to actually see how the growth looks to make sure that your fish indeed has the same..might be different and then hopefully could have a different outcome...
     
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    Its definitely Lymphocystis. Also it has been getting bigger and the fish colour has been getting worse, especially when compared to the other clown.
     
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    Personally would suggest getting a cheap little tank, 2 or so pvc pieces and a little hang on filter and setup a cheap little quarintine tank. Then you can research a bit more and then decide what and how to go from there.
     
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    I'm in the process of setting up a quarantine tank for a Achilles tang, and it will be for the Achilles only.

    The clown on the other hand... I don't want to sound inhumane but its a R100 fish and I wouldn't want to risk it contaminating the Achilles tank which will be a R3000 fish.

    If I set up another tank for the clown the boss of the house will place me in ICU.
     
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    All cool.

    Just a thought though............. you are not 110 % sure what parrisite that is, and you dont know if you have an infestation??

    So you are willing to flush a R100 clown and yet put a R3000 tang in the same system that is infested with a disease.

    Personally i dont think this move is a smart one.

    Why not setup 2 Quarintine tanks? Or atleast what till you are 200% sure your DT is "clean" again.
     
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    And remember im not cherping you or anything, just giving you perspektive from an outsiders point of view.
     

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