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Old 07-08-2006, 09:12 AM   #1
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YoYo Loach: Sick or just Full? ** Update w/Video Clip!

Wednesday night I left a slice of zucchini in the tank overnight for Pleco. When I went to bed almost all of the fish including the YoYos were picking at it. Well I woke up late yesterday and didn't have time to check everyone out as I normally do I just grabbed the zucchini and went on my way. Then last night when I came one of the YoYos was looking very bloated and was breathing heavily. It was laying on the gravel as if it were balancing on it's belly (which was huge!). I tried scooping him up with the net to get a better look, but he was pretty good at avoiding me! None of the other fish seemed to have anything wrong with them.

I tested the water and here are the parameters: Ph = 8.0, Ammonia = 0ppm, Nitrite = 0ppm, Nitrate = 20ppm. The last PWC I did was on Tuesday and it was only about 15-20%. No new fish were recently added other than my Pleco who came from my work tank the previous Tuesday - I know this fish wasn't sick so I didn't QT him before putting him in the 75 gallon.

This morning while he still looks bloated, he wasn't as bloated and his breathing seems to have slowed down some. Is it possible that he just ate way to much of the zucchini and his body just needs time to get rid of it? Or is there some kind of a disease that he may have which would require me to QT him?
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Sounds to me like he just overate possibly. Keep an eye on things, but if he looks better already, then my guess is it's not an infection. Those tend to get worse, and quickly too.
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I've had yoyo's overeat. They can be such glutton's! I would do as DT suggests and keep an eye on him but I bet he overate.
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Old 07-09-2006, 02:16 PM   #4
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My yoyo's overeat and bet fat like that, it's quite common. They are just pigs, and the same goes with my skunk loaches, lol.
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Old 07-09-2006, 02:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Here's an update on his conditiong. His belly size is almost back to normal and he's still breathing kind of heavy. All of the other loaches are very active, but this one goes from one hiding spot to another. He's rarely out like the others. I think there may be something else wrong with him, but what could it be? As I said I hadn't added any new fish and I've had the loaches for at least a month before this happened.
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Well, not much has changed since my last post. This loach is still fat and breathing kind of heavily. It's not very active like the others and I haven't seen it eat lately. Although, I don't understand why it would be so large if it hadn't eaten yet. Any ideas on what's wrong?

I made a video clip so you can see for yourself how he looks. This is basically all that I've seen him do in terms of swimming around. He just kind of goes from one spot to another and sits there. The clip is a little large, sorry!

http://www.whalesightings.com/videos/loach.mpg
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Hi - I can't seem to get the video to work
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Same, it downloads but then nothing?
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Very weird! It works on my computer. Let me try again. I'll post it again in a few minutes.

** EDIT **
I just uploaded 2 more clips. One is in mpg format and the other is mov format (Quicktime). Hopefully one of them will work for you.

http://www.whalesightings.com/videos/loach6.mov
http://www.whalesightings.com/videos/loach_01.mpg


There's still no visible change on it's condition. I'm really starting to worry now! It was an infectin or something wouldn't he be much worst off now than a few days ago? I'm so confused....
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Sorry nothing.... try going to www.youtube.com and uploading it there, im don't now what other ways there are....
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