10-18-2007, 12:01 PM
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bloated unfortunate tiger barb - help!
I have come home today to view a terrible sight - one of my numerous tiger barbs, living in a 40 gal tank, had a bloody red spot on its side. The other bandits were biting him hard. The fish has been hanging with its snout down, bloated like a balloon, and pale to the extent that you couldn't see it was a tiger, for about 2 weeks. The others look a bit overfed, but nice and healthy. This one has also its fins slightly raised.
Once I tried to find out about their snout-down hanging behaviour, and I understood that it could be in their ways. Also, there's a possibility of poisoning, but the water parameters are good and the tank gets cleaned regularly.
So, apparently this is some kind of disease. I feel sorry for this fish - and can't help him. I almost feel his pain. I have three tanks, but no quarantine - just a 3 gal jar where I could put him, but there's no heating there. Is it more humane just to destroy him? I cannot bring myself to do it. :(