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Old 07-14-2013, 12:22 AM   #11
 
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I strongly disagree with ammonia not being a problem. It needs to be zero; however, this is your tank to do as you please.
It has been zero on most tests, but this is probably caused by internal parasites as the fish isn't eating and is very emaciated
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:24 AM   #12
 
But I will keep doing water changes as that should bring the ammonia levels down. Along with seachem paraguard and aquarium salt
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:26 AM   #13
 
Another suggestion may be swim bladder problems? Poor guy :( i love bolivian rams. I want to help you. Ima keep researching :/ im looking at fishfarmacy.com. I did find out that the rocking back and forth is called "shimmying" so that may help in our research.

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Old 07-14-2013, 12:51 AM   #14
 
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Another suggestion may be swim bladder problems? Poor guy :( i love bolivian rams. I want to help you. Ima keep researching :/ im looking at fishfarmacy.com. I did find out that the rocking back and forth is called "shimmying" so that may help in our research.
Yep, shimmying is the first thing i thought of in all of my research today, that's why i loaded the quarantine with aquarium salt, which i don't use in my main tank, so the fish could get some electrolytes
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:00 AM   #15
 
If it's swim bladder, then paraguard will help. Paraguard is an excellent med
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:00 AM   #16
 
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If it's swim bladder, then paraguard will help. Paraguard is an excellent med
At this point, I don't think it will hurt :/ I hope he makes it. keep us updated.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:06 AM   #17
 
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At this point, I don't think it will hurt :/ I hope he makes it. keep us updated.
Will do, hopefully he can hold out another 7-8 hours for some intense help to arrive.

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this chart says to use rid ich+ for the shimmies, not sure how that would help, but i actually do have a bottle of that at home, should i put some in? Or hold out for the paraguard?
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:19 AM   #18
 
Man, I wish I knew.... It would help if you could see his poop. Internal parasites nearly always cause poop to be white and stringy.

Have you tried bribing him with something tasty to eat?
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:46 AM   #19
 
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Your ammonia should be 0... Either your tests are off, you're not performing them correctly, or something is seriously wrong with your fish tank.

It's not okay to be that high. Whether or not that is the issue with your fish idk. It seems strange that that's the only fish that has it.

I don't have enough experience with disease to feel comfortable giving you advice but the ammonia is a problem, be it a separate problem or the cause of this problem.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:02 AM   #20
 
Do a water change first, at least 25% of the aquarium. Make sure your new water is the correct temp. and you use a good dechlorinator. Next, Rams love to duck, and hide, give the fish somewhere to go, and get out of your face. Don't forget to clean your filter when you change the water.
If the fish continues this 24 hours after the water change , you can look for other problems, and medicate. Lets not just start to dump in meds before we add clean fresh water. There is more to water than what we test.

Is this fish eating?
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