Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-21-2017, 03:42 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: None of your business :p (Southern hemisphere)
Posts: 11
Pale fish!?

Hi all!

So I just got back from a week of holiday, and I've just come home now and my fish are all very pale. (While I was gone they had an automatic feeder, heater, and filter.) They also seem to be very inactive.

I actually though one of my Zebra Loaches was dead, but when I moved the heater to scoop it out it swam off (it was sluggish but it was moving). It still seems sluggish, but the other loach seems okay (also very pale).


Is this just due to lack of light?! They only had sunlight, not the tank light.
Also, Is it a good or a bad thing they seem to have less appetite?


Thank you for your info and advice!
Much appreciated!

-------
2 Zebra Loaches
4 Danios
5 Widow Fish

(No live plants in tank, temperature has risen from 26C to about 27.5C)
__________________

__________________
Llama_13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2017, 08:49 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 532
If the fish are lethargic your tank might be suffering a cycle spike. Probably would be a good idea to do a 25% WC, don't feed the fish for a couple of days and watch for their behavior to improve. Check the automatic feeder and try to determine if any or too much food was dispensed. Too much equals ammonia spike. If things don't rapidly improve your probably dealing with a mini cycle. Might take a week of continued everyday small 20% WC's until the BB bed is restored. Hope this helps.
__________________

__________________
V227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2017, 09:48 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 9,835
Could be a parameter issue. Check with test kit. If no test kit I would do a back to back pwc of 25-30%. See how much if they color/perk up. try another 30% if they didn't seem to get more active.

They might have been sleepy, but I'd still do pwc.

How is the aeration?
__________________

New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?
Start here - Aquarium Advice Article https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/

Community Rules
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/forum...ork&page=rules

FW & SW
Favorite tank right now -12G PRL Shrimp
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2017, 06:23 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: None of your business :p (Southern hemisphere)
Posts: 11
(Reply to Autumnsky)

•The Danios and Widows seem better & have more colour, Loaches are still pale and sluggish, but seem a bit better
• Parameters seem okay, but I'm doing a 25% WC and replacing filter charcoal anyways/regardless
• Aeration is as good as it always was - there is definitely no problem there

----------------
(Reply to V227)

•I'm doing a 25% WC and replacing filter charcoal
•Beahvior of Danios and Widows have improved, Loaches still sluggish but seem more active today
•Most of the widows have colouring back, Loaches still abnormally pale
•Tank light is now on for much longer in hopes of the fish gaining colour

Danios and Loaches were swimming at surface this morning (which is what they
generally do when hungry) so I put a few flakes in (hardly any) and they seemed starving and had a frenzy over it. This makes me think that maybe the automatic feeder stopped working, will check and give an update soon.

(The appetite of all fish has improved a bit)

------------

Thank you both for replying and for the advice given!
Much appreciated! <3
__________________
Llama_13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fish, pale

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pale fish anthony96 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 02-09-2012 04:46 PM
fish getting very pale Patrice Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 16 11-11-2011 02:21 PM
pale fish milooo Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 4 06-09-2011 01:59 PM
fish dying.... has pale eyes..... help quick! fishlover9000 Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 4 07-28-2009 08:22 PM
Pale looking fish blrrobinson21 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 10 02-15-2009 10:15 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.