06-09-2011, 01:22 PM
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sick or injured jack dempsey
I have a 12 year old Jack Dempsey that has either been injured or is sick ..He is lying on the bottom of the tank completely bent over ( like an upside down U shape)...his right eye is semi sunken in and doesnt appear to be working, like a stroke..He is still eating fine and seems to snap out of it to get food, however he cannot keep upright and is very unbalanced. He is not bloated at all, but the right side of he belly appears bulge a bit.. As soon and he is done eating he drops to the bottom of the tank and lays there motionless..
He has been the only fish in the tank (30 gallon hexagon) since I purchased him as a fry. I have always fed him Ciclid pellets, flake food and brine shrimp on occassion.. I have never really checked the water quality as often as I should as he has been very hearty his whole life and has required almost no upkeep other than fresh filters and water changes.
At the advice of a fish store, they recommended feeding him peas...He will eat them but there has been no improvement. In addition I noticed his behavior started right after my new water filter quit working..Could he have been shocked?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I dont want to see him suffer or put him down, but if this is going to be permanant that may be an option