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Fish Not Eating
« on: February 13, 2012, 03:44:46 PM »

Please Help!

My Black Moor George is acting strange. Iíve had him a three months and has recently had fin rot, but was getting better and his fins were healing nicely. But now seems worse than ever, he is now not eating and just floats in one spot in the tank (some time on his side), and is sluggish when he does swim. He gets excited as he always has when I put the food in (I use pellets), he eats it but then spits it back out, heíll do this a few times and then just stops and floats off.
I have tried giving him treats (loves lettuce and cucumber which he normally loves) and get the same result.
He is in a 30 litre biorb which until recently he was sharing with my fantail (now in his own tank). The water is within parameters and is tested weekly, change between 30-50% every Sunday, and use stress coat to condition the water.
He has been like this for about a week now, I have been hoping that he would eat something but heís not, he is now losing weight and Iím really worried about him.

If anyone could help that would be great.
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Re: Fish Not Eating
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2012, 05:52:11 PM »

How about trying him with some flakes instead? These might be easier for him to eat and digest, wont take him so much effort?
As for him not having energy, i presume this will be from not eating, this is a tough one!  :-\Poor George! I hope he gets better soon!
Have you looked closely at his body then? No signs of any other illness? Has his fin rot got better?
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Re: Fish Not Eating
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012, 06:47:53 PM »

Well he's in a too small tank its 40 liters per gallon.
I would try different processed foods. Or some peas shelled or some broccoli.
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Re: Fish Not Eating
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2012, 09:52:48 AM »

The snag with Biorbs is that they have insufficient surface area to facilitate gas exchange. I'd recommend a nice 100L rectangular tank for George with plenty of filtration( not very expensive)

In the meantime do a large water change and check that the filter is still working efficiently.

I hope George feels better soon !
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Re: Fish Not Eating
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 02:13:28 AM »

Just a little update I had to move George to the hospital tank with only a few inches of water, as him stopped swimming altogether and was floating and banging into things. Heís been in there two day and I have been feeding him flake food. He seems to be eating little bits but is still spitting any flakes of size out. I crumbled the flakes so he would eat something and now he is swimming (not on his side) and has a little more energy, Iím going to slowly increase the amount of water with the daily changes.

Any other advice or thoughts on why he canít/wonít eat anything bigger than a crumb at a time?

Thanks for help and advice about food and tank size.
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Re: Fish Not Eating
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 05:43:34 AM »

He may have some sort of infection going on, not eating is definitely not a good sign, and keeping him in a biorb wouldn't let him recover properly because of the poor filtration system and small surface area. It is doable though, I kept one of my moors in a biorb for a few months without problems!

But, if you only could, sell the biorb and get a nice 100 liter tank for the moor instead Smiley If you have enough filtration on that (1000liters/hour minimum) he could even have a little buddy there Smiley Preferably another moor.

How big is the quarantine tank and what kind of filtration do you have?
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