View Full Version : percula clownfish sick

02-18-2007, 11:10 AM
Can anyone diagnose ? your help is greatly appreciated.

02-18-2007, 11:38 AM
Wow... I gotta say, being a fish pathology person, I have no idea what that is. I take it the purple blob is on the fish, not on the glass... There is some fin damage but secondary to the purple blob on his side. Is the "growh" firm or "slimmy"?!? How is the fish's behavior? How long has it been like this and is it spreading?

02-18-2007, 12:44 PM
The fish is docile and not eating, plus not really purple ,probably from the light when I took the pic, i contacted the LFS where I got him and said it may have been a severe sting from the frogspawn ,since I posted this pic itis peeling away in pieces so I will probably QT him.

02-18-2007, 1:29 PM
I honestly doubt it was the frogspawn because my clowns swim in my frogspawn all day long and nothing happens.

02-18-2007, 2:00 PM
I honestly doubt it was the frogspawn because my clowns swim in my frogspawn all day long and nothing happens.

Clownfish can be stung by there host anemone or coral. It is rare that it affects them, because of the natural protection they have from these stings. If a clownfish has been stung it will normally appear as dark spots all over the fish, but there behavior doesn't change much.

02-18-2007, 2:01 PM
Could this be some sort of bacterial infection? What is the natural color of the substance on the fish?

02-18-2007, 2:33 PM
well here's the update,this is what he looks like since earlier today ,still hovering over frogspawn. spot has definitely changed.

02-18-2007, 2:43 PM
You need to submit your tank tests and specs plus the picture to I searched the site ( and my pathology books and have a few different ideas but I could not tell with out testing... Robert Fenner should be able to tell you. He will reply from that e-mail that I gave you.

02-19-2007, 11:38 AM
That looks like the early stages of brookynella to me.

02-19-2007, 2:08 PM
Could be brookynella... In which case, I pitty you... I have never seen Brookynella myself. Given the fact that it is not purple and the color is from your lights, brookynella would be the best guess. If so, I know little to cure the fish. It has been said that following this routine works best:
1) Giving a "dip" in freshwater with methylene blue of the same temperature & pH as the Marine tank, for about 15 minutes ( careful observation must be made, during this time, to avoid distress, & the fish removed, if major problem is observed).
2) Giving a bath in Sea water with Formalin added add at a dosage of 1000 ppm for some 15 minutes.
3) Adding an Acriflavine product (such as Fish-Vet's Revive) to the tank water for a period of 2 weeks after the above treatments.
4) Taking severe steps to ensure that water quality is optimum along with the TOTAL removal of any detrital matter .
5) Using a Quinicrin based product.

I suggest carrying out all this from a hospital tank. You need to remove all the fish a let the tank run empty for about 6 weeks.

I would submit the photo to make for sure, but I think Jmaney could be right.

02-19-2007, 6:11 PM
Yeah, Im pretty sure that is brook. It will just start sloughing off tissue now. Treatment needs to start quick. I recommend the formalin dip. Bear in mind, it is very aggressive, so watch the fish closely, and keep it ultra aerated.

By the way, are these wild caught fish? Wild clowns are usually a common victim of brook.

02-19-2007, 9:40 PM
I apologize for not enough information,but I had just bought a pair of clowns and under 24 hours I notice the area ,it was easy for me just to take him back rather than suffer going through several treatments , high rep store so I know it wasn't sold to me in that condition ,they were happy to replace him with another mate which I was lucky and are doing fine ,just felt bad for the other one.The next time I visit I will mention brookynella ,and keep a very close watch on all my fish.