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Old 02-21-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Bubble tip nem

My thoughts on what's going on? He was full and bubbly til this mormon when the lights came on. Water is good. Under a 4 bulb t5, ate fine on Sunday. Then this:
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:03 PM   #2
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Should say "any thoughts" not "my thoughts"
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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Might be getting ready to poop? Has it done this in this past?
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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Might be getting ready to poop? Has it done this in this past?
Oh I don't know! I haven't experienced this yet. I'll keep an eye on him. What's the "process" like?
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Mine does it every once in a while. Looks like its trying to turn itself inside out. Should only take a day or two. Last time mine did it was after I gave it a silver side. I'm no expert but I hope I'm right. The nem has awesome coloring.
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This is him normal. Hope that's all it is.
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And him a bit later than the first. It does look like there's some stuff coming out. Thank god.
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When you say your water is good what did you test for? They like water temperature 75 to 82, dKH 8-12 , ph 8.1 to 8.4, sg 1.023 to 1.025, calcium 350- to 450, magnesium 1200-1500. Feed it mashed silversides, mysis or mussel two to three times a week. Is yours a clone or wild caught? When you fed it last time how much did you feed it and what was it? Did you mash up the food? To me it looks like it is gaping not getting ready to poop.
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When you say your water is good what did you test for? They like water temperature 75 to 82, dKH 8-12 , ph 8.1 to 8.4, sg 1.023 to 1.025, calcium 350- to 450, magnesium 1200-1500. Feed it mashed silversides, mysis or mussel two to three times a week. Is yours a clone or wild caught? When you fed it last time how much did you feed it and what was it? Did you mash up the food? To me it looks like it is gaping not getting ready to poop.
Well it's a well established tank. Keep salinity at 1.025 temp at 78. Feed it half a silverside once a week. What is gaping?
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When you say your water is good what did you test for? They like water temperature 75 to 82, dKH 8-12 , ph 8.1 to 8.4, sg 1.023 to 1.025, calcium 350- to 450, magnesium 1200-1500. Feed it mashed silversides, mysis or mussel two to three times a week. Is yours a clone or wild caught? When you fed it last time how much did you feed it and what was it? Did you mash up the food? To me it looks like it is gaping not getting ready to poop.
Hmmmmm..... In another recent thread ccCapt and another knowledgeable user said almost the opposite. They said do not feed it more than once a week if at all. The thought were that in the wild any fish would be eaten long before it reached the nem and that they survive off of what small particulates are in the water.

Per my most trusted LFS she recommends a whole silverside whenever they will take it. If they let it go, they are not hungry. If they take it they are hungry. That is what I have been doing with my RBTA and my GBTA and they look great. I agree that the picture doesn't look like it is about to poop. Could it be that it is about to split?
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