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Pipefish tail issues

« posted: 8 months ago »
In the last 24 hours my banded pipe fish has developed something that looks quite serious on his tail.
The last 1cm has gone white and the beautiful leaf shape with the red circle within it has disappeared...not sure whats left of it.
His back seems more arched than normal but he is eating and aggressively seeking food.

The environment is a 70 litre tank with the just one pair of pipes, no other fish.
I feed heavily with fresh brine (2nd daily) and they eat mulched up Mysis daily but in small quantities.
I have heaps of chaeto in there which supports 100s of brine shrimp to grow out.

Only change is introduction of 3 peppermint shrimp to help deal with 3 flowers of aptasia. One has since died....might be two, not sure.
I did not quarantine these shrimp.

pics of tail




https://s25.postimg.org/9hz6ob89b/pipefish_tail_1.jpg
https://s25.postimg.org/a8rwu3amn/pipe_fish_tail_2.jpg
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Re: Pipefish tail issues

« Reply #1 posted: 8 months ago »
Yes that is serious.  It may be too late but I would QT it and treat with either Furan 2 or Triple Sulfa as I believe it is a bacterial infection.  Also I would do extra water changes and make sure all husbandry is over the top to try reduce the bacteria so the other pipe is not at risk.
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Re: Pipefish tail issues

« Reply #2 posted: 8 months ago »
Yes, I would also say hospitalize and medicate right away.
I'm curious about the brine shrimp remark. Is it possible you meant to say PODS, not brine shrimp>
Brine shrimp cannot survive where predation occurs, and they need a heavier concentration of food in the water that is detrimental to the tank and would promote disease causing bacteria to thrive.
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Re: Pipefish tail issues

« Reply #3 posted: 8 months ago »
Thank you for both of your advice.
He looks alive this morning but I'll try to get the medication asap.

No I said brine shrimp. The tank has a huge amount of chaeto, calerpa in it and so there's lots of room for them to hide and the grow up/out.

I might have built up too many of them dying in there though.
I did a huge water change yesterday and will do another later today.

I'll let you know how I go. I hate to think of the poor fellow suffering too much though.
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Re: Pipefish tail issues

« Reply #4 posted: 8 months ago »
First off, brine shrimp will go through about 15 molts in their life cycle so what you think are dead brine shrimp might be the shed exoskeletons of the brine.
However, they are also even more likely to be dead brine that have starved to death. You haven't mentioned what you are feeding them, but to be sufficient it would have to cloud the water which as I mentioned, would be detrimental to the livestock in the tank.
For brine shrimp (artemia) information you can check my brine page at  http://www.angelfire.com/ab/rayjay/brineshrimp.html
and if you want to really delve into things, the most complete info would be at http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/W3732E/W3732E00.HTM and scroll down to section 4 Artemia.
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