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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by h2so4hurts, Feb 11, 2009.
My male clownfish looks like it's shedding a few scales. Is this normal?
No one's ever seen this? He's not discolored, swims and eats just fine, not sloughing his skin, or any other signs of disease. He has some bites taken out of his pectoral fin, but he and the misses have been "doing their thing" in their rock corner for a couple days now. I don't know if she's getting a little rough with him and taking body shots too. I guess I'll just keep an eye on him. I imagine that if he was going to get brookynella, I would have seen it when I bought him a year ago?
I havent heard of it.
I would ask Kelly Jedlicki on her forum here. She is a fish disease expert.
Let us know what she says.
He shed 2 of the 3 scales and the third looks like it's just about to fall off. He's looking great still so I'm not going to worry about it too much. Thanks again xroads.
Never heard of it? Can you post a pic?
I'll try to get one tonight if the scale is still there. The two have been going at it like crazy in there little rock corner. He likes to do his jiggle dance right on top of the rock like 5 times in a row for her so I think he just scraped a rock and loosened up a scale or two. I've never seen them be this "intimate" before. Maybe I'll have some clownfish eggs in a few days
Sounds like she's getting a little rough with him.
Females have been known to kill the male in the past.
Obviously pics would help to rule out an infection/parasite, but you make it sound like they are going at it frequently and he is wounded.