Last Wednesday I purchased two Bolivian Rams from a local chain fish store with whom I've had nothing but good experiences (i.e., no sick fish). The fish I'm concerned about is male. In addition to these 2 new fish, I also have 3 other Bolivian Rams in my 55gal tank, 2 males and a female. Since I brought him home, the new male addition has shown no interest in eating and spends most of his time hiding underneath driftwood or leaves. I've offered Tetra floating crisps, Omega sinking pellets, and frozen brine shrimp, but he's not left his hiding spot for any of it. Other than occasionally being chased by my convict, I haven't noticed anyone harassing him.
I've had problems in the past with one of my males exhibiting similar behavior and have found that going through a few treatments with Tetra Parasite Guard seems to get him back to normal, but so far that hasn't worked with my new little guy.
Temp ~ 79
Nitrate ~ 10ppm
Ammonia & Nitrite = 0
pH ~ 7.2
The store has a 14 day return policy on FW
fish and I know I could take him back, but I don't think they'd take the time to treat him, though if there's nothing I can do I'd prefer to exchange or return him rather than have him die on day #16. Can anyone recommend other treatments or have any idea what might be wrong with him?