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    Posted: March 04 2010 at 5:55pm
I have two clowns that have had a couple black spots on them in the past, but nothing I was worried about. Today I walked over to my tank and WOAH!.. Both fish are covered in black spots. They've both been hosting in a colony of cat eye zooanthid... Could this cause the issue? They have been hosting there for a while now though.. Like 3 or 4 months, and now all of the sudden this?

They are eating normal, acting normal otherwise. Should I just put my big boy pants on and not worry about them? Or is there something I should/could be doing to help them? I'd like to think if they were getting stung they would get the heck out of dodge.

After I noticed their black markings, I noticed my RBTA was all shrunken in and sad looking(which it's never done). Think they got in a fight? They've never hosted in the RBTA, but it was strange to see both issues at the same time.


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A pic would help.
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They could've tried hosting in the RBTA and the black marks could be stings. It takes them a while to figure it out if they've never hosted one before. My poor clown was looking like a cheetah for a while when he first tried out the RBTA. Now he's figured it out and looks fine. 
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The wife took the camera to Vegas for a convention. So, no pics for now.

I am not feeding frozen, they eat spectrum pellets, and the occasional frozen sallys brine shrimp.  (like once a month if that.. I never remember to get it out)

Just got home from school, and the RBTA is back out and acting normal again. I just saw the clowns trying to host in a new plate coral with tentacles, maybe he got them too.. They've been happy with their zoa home, but now they are branching out...
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Here are the pics of my 2 clowns.

Upon further visual evidence, can anyone else confirm that they are indeed not dying of the black plague? Obviously one fish (second pic) is getting it worse than the other.) Should I take them out or what? Is this a natural thing to get stung over and over? I thought they had some sort of symbiotic relations with the RBTA, what gives?



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Ohh yeah, they are still acting normal, eating normal. Still trying to host in zoas and a plate coral. Confused
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Looks like RBTA sting marks to me. Not a life threatening Plague.  
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My clown got the same thing a few months ago.  I just went to look an they are now gone.  I figured mine got stung when I put a new hammer coral in.   It did take a while to go away but the black spots on mine are completely faded now.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I had looked up some pics online about this, and nobody had posted pics quite like mine. I saw some where there were a couple spots, but mine look almost like leopard clown fish.. LOL
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Yeah I cant believe how covered yours are! Shocked  My clowns hosted some zoanthids and got a few black spots on their stomachs but nothing like yours.   Glad its not life threatening.






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You should see mine he has so many black spots he’s almost blackCry
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