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RackinRocky 06-14-2013 09:35 PM

Got another possible "sickie" This time a Ram
My Bolivian Ram has been acting a little strange lately. He's been staying on the opposite side of the tank than he usually does. And not that interested in eating, although he's eating a little. I can't tell if he has "spots" on him or not, but near his head/jaw area seems to be a little more gray than it used to. Can you tell anything by these pictures? He didn't move very fast when I put a bamboo stick in there either. I sure hope its not another case of columnaris.

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keepsmiling 06-26-2013 02:17 AM

Wow another important unanswered thread. I am sorry. How is the fish doing now? Do you have a quarantine tank where you can place the fish until he is well? Can you post the parameters of the tank and how long it has been/how often do you do water changes?

RackinRocky 06-26-2013 12:47 PM

Thanks, keepsmiling. I guess he just had a down day, as he is acting normal now. I'm probably also a little paranoid since I've had so many deaths from columnaris.

My ammonia is always 0, same for nitrites. Nitrates stay around 10. I do 30% water changes once a week, and my ph runs about 7.6.

Just lost a platy to columnaris two days ago, so it's not gone. I've had three outbreaks of it. Can't break down the tank, as there are too many fish in it, and nowhere to put them where I wouldn't be grossly overstocked. So until I'm able to break down the tank, I guess this will just keep happening. Sigh...

twocents 07-02-2013 08:40 PM

hang in there. I think, sooner or later, it will end. I think you have done all you can do.

I have had a swordtail that looked like it was getting sick. Mopey, fins clamped, would not eat. It acted like this for about 2 days, and then it was back to normal. Still going well, fins erect, eating with the rest of them. Absolutely scoops up the baby brines they get every day. (no, that is not all they get period. they do get quality flake or pellets too, just at alternate times.) seems to be perfectly happy now.

RackinRocky 07-02-2013 09:15 PM

To be honest, at this point I'm just trying new fish every now and then, and see if they come down with it or not. I hate wasting a 55 gallon. It might sound cruel to some, but I do offer them an excellent home. I noticed certain fish don't seem to be affected by it. My krib and Bolivian Ram have not been sick, nor have my balloon molly babies that were born in that tank. I've lost mainly female bettas and platies to it. Sadly, female bettas are my favorite, but I won't be getting any more, due to so many of them succumbing to it. It's funny how the Ram, like your Swordtail, had a bad day. I don't see that often, unless they are getting sick. But I'm grateful, as I LOVE my Bolivian! The Rainbowfish female that I put in there two weeks ago is doing fantastically. So I have my fingers crossed...

NewFishFiend 07-04-2013 01:54 AM

Your bolivian is beautiful! Very nice colors. I have a pair in my 75 gallon and they r quickly becoming my favorites. And to speak of how much i love my angels, thats sayin something lol

RackinRocky 07-04-2013 10:02 PM

Aren't Bolivians the greatest? And they never bother anyone (at least mine doesn't). He minds his own business, even if someone chases him away from the food. As for angels, I can't have them, as I have too many fish that wouldn't get along with them. Thanks for the compliments on Enchilada. He's rather drab looking right now, and maybe that's because he's the only Bolivian. But I thought they were just as happy alone? His coloring was better back when I posted his pictures. He's about twice that size now, too.

NewFishFiend 07-05-2013 02:13 AM

They need to either be in a mating pair or alone. I have a pair and they are awesome. I read somewhere that they tend to feed at the bottom, but not Sheldon and Amy (love me some Big Bang). Those two are right at the surface with everyone else at meal times. I have a pic of Sheldon in my albums, but it's not a very good picture. I planned my whole tank around my angels and now have a lovely array of fish for each level of the water column. It's really quite an amazing tank. I am so proud of it. My angels rule the roost however lol.

RackinRocky 07-05-2013 11:38 PM

My Bolivian does stay at the bottom most of the time. I "target" feed him, so he has no reason to come to the top very often. Almost never does. I love angels--they're so regal looking. But I've never had any that I've gotten attached to over the years like my female betta and Rainbowfish. Oh, and balloon mollies are another favorite. In fact, I'm pretty attached to my Krib as well! They all have their own personalities, don't they?

NewFishFiend 07-06-2013 02:07 AM

Funny that the day we began talking about this, I came home from work and my "pair" had out their breeding tubes. Females.... both em.... BLAH! I spent a lot of time in the LFS looking at that tank and trying to discern a bonded pair with a male and female. I failed hahaha. OH well. I still love my ladies. Just renamed Sheldon to Shelly hahaha. These lovely ladies are my first fish to ever show me their breeding tubes so it was still exciting. How strange that they would exhibit them for the first time at the same time! I'm curious, do pairs form before sexual maturity or after?

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