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post #1 of 28 Old 02-22-2007, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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poorly bolivian?

ive noticed that my bolivian looks ill. he/she has become very dark in colour, just hangin out at the bottom of the tank. breathing is fine. also noticed, since we got him/her, it doesnt eat! wen i feed the fish bloodworms it kinda hovers over the food, goes for it, sees another fish and backs off. i have a feeling that wherever it was before i got it, it had tofight for its food, so its scared???? please help i dont want it to die, im placing it in my large bredder to try and feed it n c how it does, its not stressed or showing any outward signs of illness. wat ya reckon? water params r nitrite 0, ammonia o, nitrate 40 its so very weak
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post #2 of 28 Old 02-22-2007, 04:55 PM
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Try lowering the nitrates with water changes.:) Nitrates could be the culprit regardless of whether or not the fish is known to be hardy.:)

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but bolivians r hardier than gbr's right? my gbr is absolutely fine and none of my other fish r suffering?
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i cannot get the nitrates down quick enuff, im really fearing for the life of this fish, as i have stated in another post, my mitrates from tap water r 40-50
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but bolivians r hardier than gbr's right? my gbr is absolutely fine and none of my other fish r suffering?
Bolivians indeed prove to be hardier than the GBR but even then, it will happen that even the hardy species will show weaknesses earlier than most of their well-known delicate counterparts. Lioness, your bolivian ram may appear to be stressed.

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i cannot get the nitrates down quick enuff, im really fearing for the life of this fish, as i have stated in another post, my mitrates from tap water r 40-50
Get some Elodea densa or hornworts to help you reduce the nitrates aside from water changes.

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post #7 of 28 Old 02-22-2007, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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i think it could b dropsy :(:(:(
its now seperated but i don think it will pull through, gonna c how it is in the mornin, if no better then we will euthanize, im gettin so stressed out with my babies gettin ill, im slowly losing faith :(:(
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post #8 of 28 Old 02-23-2007, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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this mornin, no change, but its no worse. it actually came off the bottom and was kinda upright at the surface. back at the bottom now though. tried to hand feed it bloodworm, was tryin to take the food from me but didnt seem to have the energy to actually eat it? wat do u think i should do, this fish has never benn particularly active since i got it, maybe its always been ill.
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post #9 of 28 Old 02-23-2007, 03:38 AM
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Rams of any kind are not hardy fish, the main problems is there almost zero tolerance to stress. Before you get to excited about your params what else is in the tank ?
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4 mollies,4 guppies, 1 shark,1 frog,1 goldfish,3 danios,2 tetras,2 denisoni barbs,2 swords,1 gbr,3 plecs none of the others bother the each other they all get on well
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