03-19-2010, 12:32 PM
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i really doubt it is an overfeeding issue or an age issue. the fish in question is not all that old, really. also, i do not feed them very much, just a very little pinch of crushed flakes each day, and it is all gone within a minute. i dont even feed them at all on saturday or sunday. i like fasting them over the weekend when i am not there, though i do have an automatic feeder for long weekends.
the fish stays in the bottom half of the tank, mostly, but is able to make it to the surface if it wants to. all of the fish in the tank look really good, their colors are all a deep red and very healthy looking. the struggling fish's color even looks good for the most part. occasionally it looks a little faded, but at this moment it looks great. i change out 50% of the water every other week and top it off every other.
thanks for the suggestions; i will try feeding it a pea next week and if it is still struggling i will bring it home to a hospital tank. the fish seems to be a real fighter and i am hopeful. colors are still good, it still eats, and it is not being picked on. it just cannot hover in the water column