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Old 02-07-2015, 05:02 PM   #1
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Dojo loach dieing???

Ok, about an hour ago I went to Petco to get new Guppies, a live plant, and Algae Eaters for my tank and when I returned, my year old Dojo Loach had wedged himself into the space between my water heater and the glass. I assumed he had gotten stuck, again, and poked him with my aquarium net and he swam off but stayed toward the surface of the water. I realised that his mouth was wide open in a perfect "o" shape, and he is very bloated. I need help! I don't want to loose him!

My tank is 20 gallons and currently has
- A dojo loach (mentioned above)
- 4 assorted male guppies
- A single rainbow shark
- 2 black Mollies
- 2 flying foxes (?? I don't remember what they are called exactly)

The tag on the plant said "Cryptocoryne - Assorted, Asia" and will be included in some photos as well as the new fish

I don't and can't find out my pH levels and I am very sorry about that

Please help!!!

Update: the dojo loach won't leave or stay too far away from the water heater and none of the other fish seem to be bothering him or approaching him

New plant:
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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He moved to the ground but swam back to the surface soon after I took this picture

I might add he's a year and a half old, is his time almost over?
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:32 PM   #4
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Have you tested your water lately with a liquid test kit? I'm sorry to say your tank is probably overstocked. The loach looks like he's got dropsy. I would up the water changes a lot.
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Have you tested your water lately with a liquid test kit? I'm sorry to say your tank is probably overstocked. The loach looks like he's got dropsy. I would up the water changes a lot.

I changed the tank water about 50% last Monday. And I don't have a test kit of my own and won't be able to get to Petco for a while.

How can help him recover if possible and is it contagious to other fish?
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Keep doing more frequent water changes.
Here's some dropsy info.
http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-heal...awi-bloat.aspx

Sorry I'm not an expert on treating it. Hopefully someone else will chime in.
Good luck.
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Keep doing more frequent water changes.
Here's some dropsy info.
http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-heal...awi-bloat.aspx

Sorry I'm not an expert on treating it. Hopefully someone else will chime in.
Good luck.

Thank you so much, I hope so too.

But, if you know, i did a little bit of reading on dropsy a few minutes ago and it reccomended moving the effected fish to a different temporary tank and the thing is, the closest thing I have to that is a breeding net. He is about 4 inches and I don't know if it would help at all and I'm worried about my other fish.
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I don't think the breeding net would help. More likely it would stress him out more.
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I don't think the breeding net would help. More likely it would stress him out more.

I thought so, any other ideas?
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Maybe medicate with Maricyn II.
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My loach didn't make it through the night, thanks for helping
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Aw, so sorry.
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