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Old 03-13-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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One of my julii cory cats seems to be ill. He lives in a 55 gallon aquarium within a shoal of 6 julii cories. One of them has always stayed away from the rest and I assume it is the same one

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6 bleeding heart tetras
6 julii cory cats
3 zebra loaches
2 angelfish
4 cherry barbs
2 honey gouramis

Tanks has been set up for almost 3 months

Doing 30-40% pwc per week. Did one last saturday

They were all acclimated correctly but they have been in the tank for a month now

Ammonia 0
NitrIte 0
NitrAte 5-10
Ph 7

They are on a sand sustrate and yet since I have got them he has lost his barbels and now has none left. He hangs around on his own sitting on a leaf and occasionally hovering in the middle of the tank completely randomly.

I have had them for a month so he is obviously not just settling in. He has no obvious signs of illness besides his seperation from the group and no barbels.

The water quality is fine and all of the other fish are fine

Is he ill? Could he be being bullied? Could he just be like this forever?

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Old 03-16-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Today there was something attatched to him, that appeared to be peeling off. Don't know what it is. His tail is bent slightly to one side as well
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:16 PM   #3
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Do you have any pictures? Can you quarantine him?
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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I can upload a pic tomorrow. Sadly, I cannot quarantine him
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Here are some photos of him:
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Would it be an idea to get him a small tank set up, so he has no zebra loaches for food competition. I noticed one of my other cories has a small nip in it's fin, as does one of my angels which tends to suggest that something is being a bit nippy.

I could probably set up a small tank (really small) but would it stress him out too much? What about a large breeder net? Would that be way to stressful or unfair?
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:02 PM   #7
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He seems to have become less active as the day has gone on

I think I have found the possible culprit (That is, if he is being bullied!) I have been watching my tank more closely today, and the zebra loaches appear to be nipping everything! At feeding time, they have been nipping my bleeding hearts, angelfish and cory cats, as well as each other. I guess it could be them, but if it was, they have beaten him up a bit! He looks quite faded and is lacking "Something"

I hope he gets better, but I don't feel that hopeful
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I was just thinking that as I was reading up to your last post the zebras are the nippers I would setup a new tank for him or rehome the zebra loaches
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He is still going! I am taking the zebra loaches to the LFS later so hopefully, there will be no more bullying
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Good idea hopefully he does better
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