But then, four days ago, I saw to my horror that he literally had chunks of his flesh missing. It was all so sudden; he seemed perfectly fine when I went to bed but looked horrid in the morning. I cleaned the tank and then put in ich medicine again just incase he'd had a relapse or something. Here is a photo of him from the side, and here is a (blurry) close-up.
Presently, he seems to be a bit more energetic... but he doesn't look any better. In fact, it almost looks like it's getting worse. He's getting these dark spots on his body, and I'm terrified that they'll evolve into big holes like the ones on his head. I haven't been able to get any good pics of the dark spots though, sorry -- he's apparently sick of me staring at him all the time, cause he hides as soon as I try to get close.
Does anyone know what this is? Should I be treating him with something other than ich medicine? Anything at all? I'm really worried, so any input at all will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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There is a disease called, 'hole in the head' disease. I didn't know clowns can get them but it looks like yours have that.
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/disease ... hehead.php
From the pics, it looks like the old ich spots might be infected and the slime coat boogered up near the head.. If you are 100% sure the ich is gone, then just use an antibiotic. I'd probably use Maracyn I&II combo or Melafix.
Furan2 is safe for the fish (even when overdosed), pretty gentle on the biofilter, but may hurt some plants. Watch Ammonia/Nitrites when treating, just in case, and if it seems to work, go for 8 days rather than 4.
Ich medication actually may be effective since Mal Green also has anti-bacterial properties. But I'd try furandazole first.
PS. This may or may not be bacterial, protozoa or fungi are other choices. Furan2 is effective against some fungi but not protozoa.
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