Royal Grammi losing color

Discussion in 'ASAP' started by Chris Jones, Jun 20, 2004.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Feather Duster

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2004
    Messages:
    244
    Location:
    Homestead, Florida
    My royal grammi, over the last week seems to be losing, or getting splotches on, his purple color. He has recently choosen to hide upside down under a rock ledge and hardly moves that i can tell. it also looks like he is breathing rapidly, even though he is at rest. all my other fish are fine and active.

    pH-8.2
    ammonia 0
    salinity- 1.026
    calcium -450-500
    alk- 4.5-5.0
    temp-78-79
     
  2. Click Here!

  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2000
    Messages:
    13,466
    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    Royal Grammas are one of my favorites.. sorry to hear this..
    Looking at those numbers.. you're alk and calcium are a bit high, doubt the calcium would do anything, but the alk may. Not sure though.

    How long have you had him?
    How are your nitrates?
     
  4. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Feather Duster

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2004
    Messages:
    244
    Location:
    Homestead, Florida
    checked everything again, this time nitrites, and nitrates both 0
    my alk is 4.0 and calcium is 400.
    i have had him about 2 weeks. tonight he is out and about. his purple still looks a little blotchy but he is out and active.
     
  5. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2000
    Messages:
    13,466
    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    That's good news!
    Is he eating well?
    What are you feeding him?
    Got a digital camera?

    Those numbers are great now by the way...
     
  6. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Feather Duster

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2004
    Messages:
    244
    Location:
    Homestead, Florida
    Yes he has started eating well. he sometimes eats flakes, but he also likes myses shrimp. I think he is doing better. i'm honing in my water quality on all levels now because i just made my first coral purchase, a small group of star polyps and some other soft corals i will have to identify, and a frag of a green, almost flourscent, (looks like a short fiber shag rug) hard coral. any way, he looks better. maybe the water quality helped him shrug off a parasite or something. thanks Matt.
     
  7. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2000
    Messages:
    13,466
    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    Thanks? What the heck did I do? ;D [smiley=jester.gif]

    Get some frozen food like Formula I or the like to give him a little better diet than shrimp. I never had much luck with flakes with saltwater fish.
     
  8. Click Here!

  9. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Feather Duster

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2004
    Messages:
    244
    Location:
    Homestead, Florida
    you were concerned, and the only one to respond!! so thanks! and thanks for the tip on formula 1.
     
  10. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2002
    Messages:
    3,330
    Location:
    Marina del Rey, California
    Flakes are very high in nitrates. I feed mysis shrimp exclusively that is fortified by the supplier. Twice a a week I add Zoe vitamins and cyclopeze. My fish are colorful, healthy and eat like pigs!
     
  11. GraviT

    GraviT Coral Banded Shrimp

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2004
    Messages:
    393
    Location:
    Dallas, TX,Texas
    Speaking of Formula1, how do you go about feeding that stuff? I've noticed that it has a 'gel binder' that seems to hold it all together. Do you just float the piece, put it in a blender, food processor, table saw or what?? ;D
     
  12. captivereefs

    captivereefs Feather Duster

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Messages:
    205
    Location:
    WI
    Hikari Marine -S is an awesome food that really colors up fish!