Is this uronema on my Clownfish?

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    Hi everyone

    I’d appreciate some assistance identifying this. Noticed my Spotcinctus clown had these red marks on its head when the lights went out. Very active still, just ate. It’s in a pair with another Spotcinctus so maybe it’s some pairing injury that got infected. Also I have a large torch that it may have been stung by. They seem like wounds of some sort or some form of urenoma. If that’s the case why should I do because I’m not in a good position to quarantine but I’ll do what’s necessary if it is 100% an illness. Tank is about 2.5 years old. I’ve had some issues with illness (marine velvet and or ich, no survivors unfortunately...this seems nothing like any of that however).

    Parameters:

    Salinity: 1.024
    Ammonia: 0.00 ppm
    Alkalinity: 10.7 dKH
    Nitrate: 0.2-0.5 ppm
    Phosphate: around 0.03
    Temp: 78 degrees Fahrenheit
    pH: Pending, I lent the kit to a friend and will be getting it back soon but it shouldn’t be anything crazy. F0017517-6DCC-4899-8BC9-782D795D4795.jpeg 9744FA5C-FF37-4B4C-AD2E-0406583ECC42.jpeg

    Tank inhabitants:

    2 Spotcinctus clowns (including the one in question, had them for a year now)

    2 peppermint shrimp (they seem very opportunistic and I would even believe they might be causing this while the fish “sleep” at the bottom at night)

    7 margarita cardinals (just added hours ago they aren’t really a factor)

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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    This is a tough call, because it does look like it could be uronema, but then a lot of other diseases look similar.

    A couple of quick questions for you. How long have you had the fish? How large is the tank?

    It's always a tough call on what to do, since if you get the treatment wrong, it's going to do more harm than good. I think I'd consider it a bacteria infection and treat for that in a quarantine tank. Then if I didn't see any improvement, I'd treat for uronema. Note that treating for this disease is difficult, and not always successful.
     
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    Thank you very much, I agree that it’s likely a bacterial infection of some sort and hopefully not uronema. The tank is 55 gallons (display) 69 gallons total volume (RS MAX E260). I have had the fish over a year now without issue. What medication do you recommend I use, I am often unsuccessful with treating fish disease because I never know what to use.
     
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    I'm betting that started as a coral sting (Clownfish Hyper-Melanization) which is now getting infected.

    Clownfish are tough, but if the torch sweepers just keeping nailing him he's not gonna last.
     
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    Thanks for the help. Would you recommend I quarantine and treat?
     
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    Yes, he would benefit from a readily absorbable antibiotic such as Kanaplex.

    Plus, it would get him away from that Torch coral for awhile. ;) Fish can be stubborn about where they sleep and he might be getting hit by the sweepers at night.
     
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