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Old 04-26-2007, 06:45 PM   #1
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Engineer gobies shedding?

Does anyone have a clue as to why our engineer gobies look like this? They look like they are peeling to us. When this happened with our last 4 gobies our salinity and temperature was out of wack and unfortunately we lost them. Everything is perfect in the tank so we are at a loss as to why they appear to have the same problem without any problematic factors.
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:16 PM   #2
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Looks like a fungus!
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:36 PM   #3
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Looks like a fungus!
Fungus? How do I find out if it is and what do I do about it?
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:48 PM   #4
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I agree with George, Looks like some kind of infection.
Could you try and get a closer pic?

From my understanding, fish dont shed.
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:52 PM   #5
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I would try and move them to a QT tank and treat them for a bacterial infection or fungas
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:01 PM   #6
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I would try and move them to a QT tank and treat them for a bacterial infection or fungas
That's a bad deal, I don't have a QT tank. Why does it only affect the gobies? Will it spread to the other fish if I don't take them out?
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:33 PM   #7
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Yes it can spread. Got a small rubbermaid, powerhead, heater? There ya go cheap easy qt. They don't need a light, may even ease their stress to be dark for a little while. I would consider getting a cheap 10 gallon setup at wallyworld tho for future use. Really need a qt in this hobby. Paraguard by seachem covers bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal infections. They don't recommend in a reef tank tho. Ideal for qt tho.
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:13 AM   #8
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agreed on the fungus.

Be VERY careful when using medicines in your display tank. Anything that contains copper will kill your inverts and contaminate the tank for any future inverts/corals.

Others can be equally as bad. Please, PLEASE research any medicine prior to dumping it in your tank. This is the MAIN reason I suggest using a QT tank.

How long between the other gobies dying, and you adding this fish? What was the time period?
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agreed on the fungus.

Be VERY careful when using medicines in your display tank. Anything that contains copper will kill your inverts and contaminate the tank for any future inverts/corals.

Others can be equally as bad. Please, PLEASE research any medicine prior to dumping it in your tank. This is the MAIN reason I suggest using a QT tank.

How long between the other gobies dying, and you adding this fish? What was the time period?
A good guess would be about 1 month in between the last two dying and adding these. We added these about a week ago.

I have a MJ 400 and a heater I use in the RO storage. Would that powerhead be ok to use in a 10 gallon QT tank?

Sould I use some of the water that is in their tank now or should a make some new water?
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A good guess would be about 1 month in between the last two dying and adding these. We added these about a week ago.
okay. Hopefully this guy pulls through...but in the event that he doesn't....wait at least 2 or 3 months before adding another goby (or fish in general). There's a chance that whatever parasite/fungus killed the last ones were hanging around until you got this guy.

A few months should let whatever it is die off, making it safe for the next guy.

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I have a MJ 400 and a heater I use in the RO storage. Would that powerhead be ok to use in a 10 gallon QT tank?

Sould I use some of the water that is in their tank now or should a make some new water?
those would be PERFECT!!!

ideally, you would use new water...but make sure it's very very close to the same temp and pH as the water the guys currently in. This will reduce stress a little more.

But the REAL hard part, is going to be catching the guy. Good luck on that!
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We treated them with Melafix and Pimafix for about 36 hours, but they didn't make it. I think they will be the last engineer gobies for us.
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I have had mine for over 3 yrs and he's like 1 1/2' long and when I got him,he was 4".
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We treated them with Melafix and Pimafix for about 36 hours, but they didn't make it. I think they will be the last engineer gobies for us.

Sorry for your loss
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I had the same thing happen to my engineer goby when I had him a few years back. I was new to all of this for the most part and he pulled through with no treatment. Knowing more now I would have moved him to a dark QT at the very least.

Mine ultimately died when his tail got caught in a powerhead over night and I didn't find him until it was too late.
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