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Old 05-09-2007, 03:21 PM   #11
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NO I have not tried flake. Again if he is attacking the food, I would think that anything I put in there he will go for. Hes hungry for sure and wants to eat...I can try this I guess...
Gills appear to be ok..
Also just check SG and its 1.021 not 1.022. If I lower the SG what will this do? How will it help the fish eat?
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I was thinking flake might be easier because it kind of turns to mush and might be able to get through the blockage.
At lower salinitys, the fish do not have to work as hard to breathe and cause less stress.
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:37 PM   #13
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Reason I ask is I thought 1.022 to 1.020 would be ideal. But I do see your point.
Honestly I have tried flake with other fish in the past and have had ZERO luck in any fish taking to it. Maybe because I have so much flow in my tank. Anyway, I will try it one more time and see if he takes to it. Wish I could target feed him but he is very skiddish!
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Wish I could target feed him but he is very skiddish!
Two possibilities:
1. Remove anything he can hide behind, turn off your flow and feed (or try to).
2. Stick the "target feeding device" in the tank, let him get used to it. But you are saying he already goes after the food, that is not really the issue, IMO.
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AFAIK fish caught using cyanide often have digestive problems. Is that a possibility?
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AFAIK fish caught using cyanide often have digestive problems. Is that a possibility?
Hmmm, that's actually a great point!
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Yeah thats a possibility. I feel bad for the little guy as he just wants to eat SO bad but seems like after grabbing the first peice of food, just goes and hides in the corner and watches other peices float by. All the other fish leave him alone so its not them that keeps him from eating. Im surprised he has made it this long. Im expecting to get up any morning and find him dead. He looks really bad. Also makes me nervous to think about putting the other fish that are in the QT with him - into my main. But they have eaten well for 6 weeks and look good. The six line wrasse has been in the QT for some 13 weeks with no signs of anything.
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If that is the case, that is a shame. Euthanizing the fish may be something you want to look into if you feel it necessary. I would be cautious about buying from the same LFS or online vendor. Definitely ask to see fish eat before buying in the future and ask how/where it was collected. I thought this article was pretty informative, and it gives tips for spotting fish caught using cyanide.
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-01/sp/index.php
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That's a great article Mike. The box on the side, toward the bottom talks about the fishes "aura" and looking picture perfect and also about the anti social behavior, which was stated above.
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Well just fyi...I took all of the fish in the QT with the described sick fish and he stayed in the QT tank. I left him in there and he got to the point to where he was getting so thin, losing color and was being sucked up against a very small pump in the QT tank..I finally put him down as I couldnt stand to let him go on like this. He was in the QT for some 6.5 weeks and was getting no better. I wont say how I did it but I just couldnt watch him go on.
Also I have bought from this store for 4 years and the fish are always healthy. I have a regal that is healthy as a horse that I got from there 3 years ago. I dont know but what the fish was sick when I bought him - although fat and looked healthy. The other fish in the QT tank with him still appear to be ok.
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