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paytheplayer 04-19-2009 12:18 PM

Rope Fish help...possibly sick???
 
I have two rope fish in my tank, and I have had them for a few months now.
They usually stay in their caves at the bottom, and spend most of their time there.

When I feed them, I usually drop a piece of shrimp into their cave with a stick, and hold it there until they take it.
So last night, I noticed that one of the ropes came to the top, and he was hanging out in a floating plant at the top of the surface. I figured, maybe he wants food. I cut a piece of shrimp, held it there for him, but he kept on turning his head. So I left him alone. This morning, I wake up, and he's floating at the top. He's still alive, but I think barely. This sucks..1. Because the ropes are my favourite fish in the tank.
and 2. Because they are the most expensive fish in the tank.

Can anybody help me? Thanks.

Twistersmom 04-19-2009 06:05 PM

Have you tested your water?
What are your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings? What size tank & filter, tempt. of tank?
A variety of food would be better, try also adding some bloodworms or blackworms to their diet.

paytheplayer 04-23-2009 09:54 PM

I went and got my water tested, and everything was fine. All of my levels were fine, and my filter and temp are all good. Shrimp is just something I feed to make sure he eats. I also feed bloodworms, shrimp pellets, flake food, tubifex etc.

He just sat at the top of the tank, upside down. Once in a while, he would jerk his body around, as if he was having a seizure for 10 seconds, and then float again. Eventually, he would get himself caught in the current of the filter, so I'd move him away. I thought for sure he would be a goner soon, so I went out and bought another one, and put the dying one in a different tank.

It's been about 4 days now, and the dying one is still alive in the other tank, but he's still doing the same thing. When he does pass, Im just going to take him back to the store with the receipt for the new one and get a refund. Does that make me a bad person?

Twistersmom 04-24-2009 05:33 AM

No, does not make you bad....
Fish disease and health problems are sometimes hard to diagnose and cure. We all loose fish regardless of our efforts. Chances are he was sick when you bought him.


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