PLEASE HELP! Clown loaches dying!!
Saturday 02/24/18 noticed one of my clown loaches (we have 5) being very lethargic and laying in the bottom corner of my tank. When you put your hand in though heíd swim away.
Sunday 02/25/18 clown loach #1 still laying on his side in bottom corner but now he doesnít really try to swim away when you stick your hand in. Also notice he is breathing hard so we changed our filter media and vacuumed the sand. Unfortunately didnít take a water test at this point.
Monday 02/26/18 clown loach #1 no longer in corner thought everything was back to normal
Tuesday 02/27/18 notice different clown loach #2 swimming vertically in same spot breathing hard but swims away when hand goes in tank only to end up going back to spot when hand is out. Just thought it was doing what clown loaches do. Tried to feed them frozen blood worms but he didnít seem interested. Nor did we see clown loach #1 come out to eat but other 3 did.
Wednesday 02/28/18 clown loach #2 struggling to swim vertically and looks a little bloated decided to test water parameters and got the following
tank established for 2.5 years
3 clown other loaches (5 total between 3-4yrs old weíve had them from the get- go and battled all the other problems)
3 Kubutia loaches (also around 3 years old)
4 angelfish (1 year old)
1 common pleco (4 years old)
2 silver tip tetras
Ammonia 0 ppm
pH 8.0 (but it always runs high we have well water)
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrates 60 ppm
know thatís a little high so went to do another %15 water change and vacuum sand bottom.
Use a fluval fx6
In the course of suction-ing sand lifted a piece of driftwood and clown loach #1 came floating out. He looked dead, bloated and pale in color with some new fin damage, however he is still alive!!
Iím so stressed cuz I feel helpless. I have given them a small 5 min aquarium salt bath in a gal
tub. I did 1tsp/1gal with both clown loach #1 and #2 at the same time. I finished my 15% water change and added new water.
I then put them in a make shift breeder net at the top of the tank so they can stop struggling to swim. They both look bloated. #1 more so than #2 and #1 will occasionally go vertical and stick his mouth out of water. Other than bloated I canít see any other signs of disease/sickness. And other loaches are acting normal.
Should I keep doing the salt baths? Am I dosing the salt baths correctly? Should I treat them for anything? Bacterial treatment of some sort? Should I quarantine them from the rest of the tank? Worse case and I really donít want to but, do I put them out of their misery?
WHAT IS GOING ON?!? WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!