11-16-2013, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Sweetstrwbrry
That is what I am thinking... It was too drastic. Something like this happened almost a year ago with this same fish (it was like 5 degrees) and he got very lethargic. He recovered though after a few days. Now he is being sluggish, not eating, and I've seen him on his side a few times. His fins are a bit droopy as well. What can I do? Is there a chance he will pull out of it? I don't want to lose him :(
I'm sure there is someone on here that has better advice to give than I do.
What I would do in this scenario is what I said to prevent this from happening again in addition to lack of action in this case.. keeps the lights off,maybe even cover the tank with a sheet to limit light and stress, limit anything that would alter the fish's environment further for at least a day or two. Don't over feed him, don't add any unusual amounts of chemical, don't mess with the fish anymore, don't tap the glass and try to revive him etc..
like I said I am probably not the best one to advise given that a lot of what I've done over the years has been trail and error and not educationally based. But like I said consistency is most important. Your fish is stressed out and the best way to help him right now is to leave him alone.. I think a lot of us, myself included like to play god with our tanks, the fact is, is that mother nature can do things we cant, and in times like these sometimes the best thing to do is fall back and let nature do its thing, it can often find a way to balance itself without our hand, which usually just adds stress to the fish.