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dancercr 01-08-2010 09:14 AM

Rosy barb help asap!
A friend of mine has a 30 gal tank with a few fish (2 gouramis, 3 rosy barb, 2 zebra danios, pleco). I take care of his son, and while I do have my own fish, this question involves his tank, as one of his barbs is very ill and he's unsure what to do about it. I told him I'd ask the forum.
Essentially his largest Rosy Barb, who he has had for a few years, suddenly became ill. He is twitching when he swims, and often lies on his side on the bottom of the tank, just breathing. My friend is not sure what brought this on, but he did say he did a w/c two days ago, and threw in some lettuce for his gourami who is suffering from Dropsy. He wonders if it could have been the w/c, or perhaps the lettuce? He has put veggies in the tank before and Lucky (the Barb) has not had any reactions prior.
Any ideas????

1077 01-08-2010 10:58 AM

If rosy barbs are two or three years old, they would or should be ,near six inches and too much fish for thirty gallon tank. I would have your friend check the water with test kit or take sample of water to the fish store and have it tested. Ammonia and nitrites should read zero, and nitrates no higher than 20 ppm. A pleco if common type, would make keeping water quality in 30 gal with fish mentioned more difficult for they produce lots of waste and this waste ,should be removed with gravel vac during weekly water changes of 25 to 30 percent and replacing the old water with fresh water that has been treated with dechlorinator.

dancercr 01-08-2010 11:13 AM

The Barb is only about 3 inches...and I made a mistake it's actually a 50 gallon.

dancercr 01-08-2010 12:03 PM

Also what should I do with him until the water is changed? Keep him in the tank? Move him?

1077 01-08-2010 12:14 PM

Would not move fish unless it was to a tank where ammonia and nitrites tested for zero. To do so would stress the fish or fishes even more. Would perform50 percent water change now, and 50 percent tommorrow taking care to use dechlorinator for new water BEFORE it goes in the tank.

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