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Old 11-14-2011, 01:03 AM   #1
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Exclamation Sick firefish, nothing is helping...

Hi, my name is Sean.
I have two firefish in a 20 gal Marineland tank (I've had them for 4 1/2 months now) and one of them is breathing extremely fast/heavily and sitting at the bottom of the tank. The one that is sick has looked unhealthy since the day I got him but things have never been this bad. I noticed something was strange when he wouldn't come out for feeding time the past two days, so I started getting a little worried. Today he would barely move at all and was breathing how I described. I've suspected a worm for quite some time now because he never seems to get any bigger from eating and looks generally malnourished. I checked all water parameters I could test for (pH, ammonia, salinity, temperature) and they were all fine. I did a 30% water change anyway. More recently, I gave the sick fish a fresh water dip, hoping it would kill any parasite/worm that could be in him. I'm not sure how shortly afterwards symptoms are supposed to improve, but it's been 4 hours now and he's still breathing rapidly and sitting at the bottom of the tank. I'm not sure what else to do/what could be wrong with him? I don't think it has to do with water quality or something in the tank because the other firefish is perfectly fine... But they are a mated pair, it'd be so sad to see the one go :/

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Old 11-17-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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sorry it took so long to answer... how is the fish? i hope he improved. Did you have him in a quaritine tank? I wish the best for the rest of your fish ....good luck.

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If it's still alive, I would separate it out for a while. Firefish are generally very hardy, so I'm not sure what it could be
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It could be an internal parasite. I would set up a QT tank and do hyposalinity. Slowly drop the sg to 1.008. Keep it like that for a couple weeks after you see him get better. Then slowly raise it back to normal. Hope this helps!
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