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post #11 of 19 Old 01-13-2009, 03:37 AM
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sorry to hear, please keep us updated
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-13-2009, 05:27 AM
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Sorry to hear about the Dempsey. Just grasping,,, Maybe gill flukes or intestinal parasite causing irritation? If the fish is eating I might try Jungle's Anti-Parasite medicated fish food. I have used it to teat new discus with flagellates.(white stringy poop) They were not keen to accept it but after mixing the food with minced garlic and crushing it they ate it. The food contains Metronidazole,Praziquantel,and levamisole. I hate using medications to treat water and most agree that if you can get the fish to eat the meds ,they are more effective. I do hope he,she, gets better.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-13-2009, 07:11 AM
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Something else maybe, I have heard of large cichlids that get gravel lodged in their throats and sometimes thrash about in an effort to dislodge it.

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post #14 of 19 Old 01-13-2009, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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The tank's got a sand substrate so I don't think that's the issue. The heater's been unplugged this whole time now, so I really don't think loose current was the culprit, either. His poops are normal brown color, a bit more orange depending on his diet, but that's normal as well. Lately I've been feeding him sinking shrimp pellets and algae discs since he'll cruise around the bottom from time to time but rarely comes to the surface for his regular floating cichlid pellets anymore. I'm still stumped, but I'll keep up with water changes and carbon and see what happens.

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post #15 of 19 Old 01-13-2009, 04:25 PM
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I have a question: if the tank is loosing about one quart water per hour, how do you keep the same amount of water in it? Do you collect it in a bucket and put it back in or do you put new water in? Maybe the fish doesn't like something around that leak (may be dissolving sealing or so) or the extra water pressure change it is causing (although that extra pressure would be really small)? Hope, it's ok to add my beginner thoughts.... and I hope he's getting well.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-13-2009, 05:21 PM
iamntbatman, I'm sorry about your fish:(. I hope you're able to find out what the problem is.
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-23-2009, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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I never really found out what was going on. The leak was getting faster, so I had to take action. I set up a spare 10g I had laying around, moved some of the sand from Jack's tank to the 10g, moved the filters (450gph filtration on a 10g!) and heater, added all new water, and moved the fish. Even though I had been doing aggressive water changes on his tank and using carbon in the filter, the 90% or so water change from moving him (there was still water in the canister filter and the big HOB, that's why I figure it was about a 90% change rather than 100%) seemed to do the trick. He's been acting pretty normally in the 10g.

The 29g is now mostly emptied except for a tiny bit of water and the remaining sand. I'm going to make that leak work for me to empty the tank out, along with my good buddy Mr. Evaporation. After it's completely dry I'll take all of the sand out, clean the tank like nobody's business with bleach, and fix that seal. Should be no problem to move the sand back, move the decor back, and put the filters back on the old tank. I really hope the repairs work, as I had plans for the tank after moving Jack into his new bigger home in the spring.

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post #18 of 19 Old 01-24-2009, 03:37 PM
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well,i hope you're able to get the tank back up and running,
it will be interesting to see if jack likes it re done.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-24-2009, 05:22 PM
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Have you guys ever seen the mighty putty info things on tv??? LOL I swear everytime that comes on I wonder if that would fix a fish tank leak? He seals a cup with a hole in it...

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
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