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post #1 of 6 Old 02-07-2012, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Poorly fish need help!!

One of my male orange tail endlers died yesterday it was really bloated and couldn't swim properly, it was like his stomach was full of air, now my other guppies and endlers are swimming constantly on surface and only coming down to scratch themselves on an ornament then return to the top, they are not eating!! I am treating the tank with anti internal bacteria and tonic salts as instructed by my local fish shop, The tank is a 20 gallon with internal powerflow filter temperature is 80 degrees ph 7.6 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10 has anyone ever experienced this??
Thanks in advance. Mark
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-07-2012, 03:22 PM
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I don't know if i can be of any help but here are some questions you might not have asked yourself that could help other help you.

Do they have white spots?
Do you have micro bubbles?
Have you been over feeding? Did you clean your gravel and ornaments before placing them in? What else do you have in your tank?
and lastly, can we get a picture?


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post #3 of 6 Old 02-07-2012, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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No white spots, all ornaments and substrates cleaned before adding using boiling water no chemicals only feed them every other day, will post pic when I'm home!! They are flashing, rubbing against ornaments and hanging around filter outlet all the time, but no white spots confused!!!
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-08-2012, 09:45 PM
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My angelfish has been doing this for quite sometime, and I don't want to advise you and it be wrong but from what I've seen in my tank which is rubbing against ornaments, going to the surface of the water and in general panicing. I've come to the conclusion its parasites. I don't know if yours is internal or external as I don't know everything about them but mine are external. I'd maybe advise you to buy tetra parasite guard that treats both internal and external. :)
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-09-2012, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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I'm already treating for internal parasytes but it doesn't seem to be doing anything, I'm thinking I might swap to external, the worrying thing is none of the fish are eating anything I'm getting worried as I don't want to loose them all!!
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-09-2012, 10:35 AM
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They will be okay, once you start to treat and they gradually get better they will start eating. They won't be starving :). I'm having trouble as I'm from the UK and I can't find any External parasite treatment that either is for sale here or ships to the UK :-/ hmmm. Good luck though
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