01-17-2010, 02:30 AM
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I would maybe check to see that all water parameters were in order , Zero ammonia,zero nitrites,and nitrates no higher than 20 ppm.
I might wonder if fishes poop looks solid or segmented and well formed as opposed to white,clear,or stringy which could indicate internal parasites or nematodes. If it was the latter, I might consider adding product.. Seachems Garlic guard to foods offered for a week or two and see if condition improved. If not ,I might consider isolating the fish in hospital tank with healthy biological filter and treat with Metronidazole. I might crush this medication into powder and offer it with food for best effect or crush the medication and place it in a microwave safe glass or cup and heat it for one minute or until dissolved completely. I would use this at 400 mg per 10 gal of water daily with 50 percent water change before each dose and I would keep treatment tank temp at 84 to 86 degrees and I would treat for five days followed by another 50 percent water change after treatment. Metro does not affect biological filter.
Before all of this,,,I might also consider that damage might have been inflicted by another fish . Maybe a pleco? Or chinese algae eater?
Hope the fish improves.