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post #1 of 2 Old 06-04-2012, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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One of my african freshwater fish, is acting veyr sluggish, and almost sick like. I looked for the different symptoms of sicknesses, but the fish doesnt seem to have the salt like stuff on her scales, nor frayed fins, and she isn't swimming upside down a whole lot. Every now and then she will, but it's not that common. Is she sick and i can't find the treatment?? She acts very sluggish and tired, she hasn't been eating the food i'm giving them(there are two other fish) and she seems like she's a zombie almost. I'm really worried but I don't really know what to do. I just cleaned their tank today, i let it oxidize with the air pump for at least 20 minutes before i put them back in, and yes the water temperature was stable, so i know that can't be it. If anyone knows, I'd really appreciate it. If you need a picture of the fish email me and i'll send you one. My email:
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-05-2012, 09:43 AM
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I won't attempt to diagnose what may be wrong as that is not easy (at least for me). But to assist those who have more experience in this, a photo would help. And some data on the tank: tank size; fish in the tank (species and numbers); water parameters (GH, pH, temp); test results for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate; water change schedule (volume and frequency); any substances going into the tank; how long has the tank been running, and when was this fish acquired.

I'm assuming this is a rift lake species, and we have several members with experience in this area, so with the above info someone will likely be able to offer assistance.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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