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post #1 of 28 Old 07-13-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Help! My Bolivian Ram Is Staying In One Spot Rocking From Side To side

I have a 65gallon planted tank, one of my bolivian rams has been sitting at the top of the driftwood rocking from side to side. As soon as i noticed it, I immediately setup a quarantine tank with the tank water and i added some aquarium salt and seachem prime. Any idea what it could be? Please help I don't want to lose this one :(

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post #2 of 28 Old 07-13-2013, 11:59 PM
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I have a 65gallon planted tank, one of my bolivian rams has been sitting at the top of the driftwood rocking from side to side. As soon as i noticed it, I immediately setup a quarantine tank with the tank water and i added some aquarium salt and seachem prime. Any idea what it could be? Please help I don't want to lose this one :(

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okay, can you give us some more information about your tank? What tank mates, what filtration, what are you water parameters? Is the fish breathing rapidly? Do you notice any spots, sores, nipped fins, swollen gils?

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post #3 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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okay, can you give us some more information about your tank? What tank mates, what filtration, what are you water parameters? Is the fish breathing rapidly? Do you notice any spots, sores, nipped fins, swollen gils?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0v1GsR8BWc here's a video
pH=7.4, ammonia=.25-.5, nitrite=0, nitrate=10
right now no tank mates since it's in a quarantine tank, but in the main 65gal there are german blue rams, more bolivian rams, red fire dwarf gouramis, blue platies, neon swordtails, a pleco, assassin snails, and crystal red shrimp
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post #4 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 12:18 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0v1GsR8BWc here's a video
pH=7.4, ammonia=.25-.5, nitrite=0, nitrate=10
right now no tank mates since it's in a quarantine tank, but in the main 65gal there are german blue rams, more bolivian rams, red fire dwarf gouramis, blue platies, neon swordtails, a pleco, assassin snails, and crystal red shrimp

What about other symptoms? .25-.5 of ammonia is not good. This could be ammonia poisoning. You need to do a water change and treat with Prime or Amquel. Matter of fact I feel sure that you need to do a large water change and treat with Prime. And do them often.

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20 gallon SAP tank
10 gallon snails

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post #5 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 12:23 AM
i just got a chance to watch the video. Something definitely ain't right and he is breathing mighty heavily. Any other fish have symptoms? I'm gonna do some research. Is he eating?

4 gallon betta tank
75 gallon FW community
20 gallon SAP tank
10 gallon snails
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post #6 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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i just got a chance to watch the video. Something definitely ain't right and he is breathing mighty heavily. Any other fish have symptoms? I'm gonna do some research. Is he eating?
nope no other fish have these symptoms
He's not eating either
I'm thinking it's an internal parasite, i'm going to buy some seachem paraguard tomorrow
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post #7 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 12:35 AM
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nope no other fish have these symptoms
He's not eating either
I'm thinking it's an internal parasite, i'm going to buy some seachem paraguard tomorrow
If it is internal parasites his poop will be clearish white. Seriously the ammonia level in your tank is too high. .25 is bad, .5 is deadly.

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post #8 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 12:41 AM
Nothing about this fish looks like internal parasites.

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post #9 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing about this fish looks like internal parasites.
Other people have told me internal parasites. My ammonia has been around .25 for months now and I haven't lost a single fish yet, so the ammonia probably isn't the problem
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post #10 of 28 Old 07-14-2013, 01:20 AM
I strongly disagree with ammonia not being a problem. It needs to be zero; however, this is your tank to do as you please.

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