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Post by Burgess' on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 8:17 pm

I've had him for about 4 months and he has always been very active. Yesterday his color was bad and he sat behind a rock all day. Same thing today. I tested my water last night and all is fine. I did a water change on Friday and also changed the carbon in the media bag. Any ideas??

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Post by ritter678 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 8:57 pm

Any sign of parasites or disease? What are you feeding it? Any other fish in the tank that would harass it? I wouldn't worry too much yet. Foxfaces will act weird at times. Two days does seem a bit long though.
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Post by Burgess' on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:13 pm

He eats mysis and been eating hair algae but it under control now so not much of that left. and today he did eat some pellets. I wanted to see if he.would eat. I can't see anything on him.

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Post by ritter678 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:19 pm

Get him some Nori soaked in garlic to try to get him to eat. If you can keep him eating it's chances will be a lot better. What other fish are in the tank?
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Post by Burgess' on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:30 pm

Just a couple of clowns and blennys. Do I need to get one of the garlic extract to do that. Should I have been offering notice to him all along.

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Post by ritter678 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:37 pm

Burgess' wrote:Just a couple of clowns and blennys. Do I need to get one of the garlic extract to do that. Should I have been offering notice to him all along.

Harassing fish don't seem to be the problem.

You can buy the Nori with garlic flavor at an aquarium store.

Yes, Foxface needs algae based foods like Tangs do. Nori sheets on a veggie clip works great. My fish seem to be scared of it at first until they take a taste but once they get used to it fish like tangs and foxface will knock out a small strip of Nori in minutes.
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Post by Burgess' on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:42 pm

OK now he is laying on the sand still breathing. I don't know doesn't look good to me. Guess I will see how he does. All the other fish and LPS look good.

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Post by ritter678 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:49 pm

Well, doesn't sound good. If he makes any improvements get him some algae ASAP. Mysis, pellets (unless algae based), and meaty foods aren't really on the menu for Foxface. They will eat them but algae is what they need.

I'm not saying that is why the fish is down, especially since you said there was algae in the tank. A foxface will eat algae all day long if it's available. They are pigs.

If there is no sign of parasites or illness then there is not much you can do except try to get it to eat.

How does the stomach look? Is it pinched in or does it look fat?
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Post by Burgess' on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 10:00 pm

Stomach looks OK not fat but not skin and bones. I had a bad hair algae problem when I got him. I have been picking it and working on getting my water right. Now there is little to no hair algae. Maybe I have gotten rid of his main food source. I just put a small strip or Noriega on the clip ill see if he is interested. He is back up right so who knows.

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Post by ritter678 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 10:02 pm

Good luck and keep us updated!
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Post by grawlfang on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 9:57 am

wow, so thats what I need to get my algae under control? good luck Burgess let us know if he improves. I may go that route in my tank if yours improves.
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Post by Burgess' on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 10:15 am

I don't want anyone to think I'm saying the Foface took care of my hair algae problem. I know he did eat it as I saw him. I also increased my water changes, added a phosban reactor, changed my t5 bulbs, added more snails and crabs and did a whole bunch of picking and scrubbing rocks. I will never let hair algae get ahead of me again. It took many weeks to get it under control.

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Post by matt_longview on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 10:19 am

That's the ticket! If anyone has a hair algae problem what they really have is a phosphate problem. If they remove all of the hair algae without fixing the phosphate issue then the phosphates will really get bad when there's no hair algae to keep it down!
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Post by grawlfang on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 10:39 am

ok, will wait on foxface then as i am adding some other items and may get the foxface for wife's Fish only tank
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Post by ritter678 on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 10:40 pm

Any update?
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Post by Burgess' on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 11:18 pm

Still alive buts I don't know for how long. Still sitting on bottom of tank most of the time. I put some Kent garlic and vitamin c in the tank that I got from lonestar today.

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Post by Burgess' on Wed 29 Feb 2012, 6:12 pm

Didn't make it!!

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Post by grawlfang on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 8:13 am

Sorry to hear that Sad
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Post by matt_longview on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 11:06 am

Awww man. Sorry to hear that.
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