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Redtail catfish wont stop swimming!!! Help
Old 02-12-2014, 10:28 PM   #1
 
Redtail catfish wont stop swimming!!! Help

redtail catfish will not stop swimming against the glass. he stays right on top of the surface and slowly swishes his tail to stay in the corner... occasionally does a circle. it has been about 3 days and he has not stopped. i tried turning the heater off(what he is next too) and all lights. i even try his favorite food... bloodworms with no reaction... please help he is my favorite.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
 
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Perhaps he has a swimbladder issue? Or there's a lack of oxygen in the tank, or toxins in there.

Those are guesses, would need more info on the tank and animal to tell you anything more substantial. What are your water parameters, temp, tank size, filter and heater type, cleaning and how often, how much and how often is he fed and what of...how big is the fish....see where I'm going here? lol Need more info.

I can tell you one thing though, don't go changing things around so much, that'll make it worse if he's ill. It's not good for them to have you messing with the heater and stuff. .-.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:57 PM   #3
 
thanks for responding.... tank is 45 gallon... tank mates are baby red belly pacu, 3 inch 4 lined cat, 8 inch dragon goby, small bumbe bee cat, 3 bala sharks, and a pleco....filter is a marineland penguin 200, 200 gallons a hour. no swim blatter problem he went to bottom one time and stayed for a few minutes. temp is 71 degrees now because heater broke and im supplying it with a 10 gallon heater. he stays right next to it and will not stop swimming against the glass in the corner with heater. could that be the problenm? he is about 3 to 4 inches. and heis fed 1 time a day but lately i havent seen him eat. it has been 4 days now

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:03 PM   #4
 
That tank is extremely overstocked, what are your parameters?
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
 
parameter? such as length and width?
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:20 PM   #6
 
update... i moved heater closer to corner. he wedges himself in and relaxes for a while... still worried though... why are all others not acting up...?
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
 
Parameters such as ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings taken with a liquid test kit....
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:34 PM   #8
 
they are all spot on to what they need to be. just tested 2 mins ago. also did a 25% water change
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:49 PM   #9
 
What were they?
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:50 PM   #10
 
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Even if they're young, these fish need to be kept in a 300 gallon tank at the very minimum, and that's likely going to be too small once the fish are full grown too, if kept together. Bala sharks should never be kept in anything smaller than 125 gallons and that's considered a minimum for survival, not preferable to the fish. Those alone need the larger tanks for JUST them, go larger for the group.
Minimum tank size for redtail catfish alone is actually around 300 gallons. They can get four feet long, some larger or a tad smaller, once full grown, so I don't know why you have these giants in such a small tank. They're also aggressive and very high energy fish, best kept with other large fish in a huuuuuge tank or pond.

The bioload and fish size is too much in there, that's the biggest issue.

The heater is another problem, it should be kept around 76 degrees. A few degrees does make a difference.

As for your water parameters, we need ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, as well as PH and hardness. We need the numbers not you saying they're spot on. I say this because many will SAY they're spot on, but then it turns out they do not know what actually is spot on.
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