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Peppa
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is my fish ill?
« on: January 04, 2010, 06:44:05 AM »

My fantail can spend hours on end lying at the bottom of the tank. Suddenly he will then decide to swim around and look happy as larry. There are no visible signs of distress. His gills, scales and eyes all look great and he seems to have no problems with balance or getting rid of his waste.

One minute Im convinced he is on the way out and the next he couldn't be better. The issue here is he could lie for over 2hrs and not move. It doesnt seem normal benvhour to me. Im relaitvley new but not compleltey as I already have two comets which are 6 months old.

My water temp is 22degC, ammonia and nitrite zero, there is a tiny tiny trace of nitrate but definitely less than 20ppm pH is 7-7.5

He has no problem eating and Im feeding him sparingly a varied diet of sinking pellets, peas, cucumber and freeze dried daphnia (tried live daphnia in the past but it introduced white spot to some other fish in a different tank

Please help
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mic5
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Re: is my fish ill?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 05:30:52 PM »

What type of filtration system do you have? Sometimes if there is little to no water movement, the fish can get lazy and stay at the bottom resting more than they swim. There's nothing wrong with that though. Just keep eye on it to make sure there are no physical changes that could indicate a health problem.
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Peppa
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Re: is my fish ill?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010, 09:37:03 AM »

Thanks for this feedback. I have a fluval 2 filter in a 60 litre tank. The water flow is very good both in and out of the filter. If anything I was worried maybe the filter was too strong. I also have an airstone in and positioned in front of the filter with the theory the outflow water will pick up the oxygen and force it around the water

Im keeping a close eye on him and hopefully he is ok and just lazy like you say. He is still visble very healthy with lovely bright colours and no scale problems or any visible signs at all of any issues. Thanks
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Katarine
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Re: is my fish ill?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 10:44:47 PM »

is he a new fish? or is it a new tank? Cause i know when i moved my fish from a little bowl to a three gallon tank all he did was sit on the bottom. it was weird, and i totally thought he was just gonna pass out. But from the sounds of things it seems your fish is healthy, so that rules out sickness. Hopefully you're fish adjusts Smiley
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Peppa
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Re: is my fish ill?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2010, 11:19:05 AM »

Hes a new fish into my tank which is very well established and water very good. He seems to be hanging on in there so fins crossed will be ok. When he is active hes great very active. Also no problem competing with a couple of comets at feeding time etc but he still spends a lot of time just lying at the bottom (under the filter in the corner of the tank)

Thanks for your feedback
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SeaWitch
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Re: is my fish ill?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010, 12:57:34 PM »

Did your quarantine the new fish before adding him to the new tank with the other fish?  When you get a fish from a pet store, it has a very low immune system to start off with and possibly every known nasty that a fish can get.  QTing the fish allows you to watch him for any changes in behavior and health.  Also, it is a good idea to treat all fish for parasites.  When a fish has a low immune system, he can pick up bugs from your other fish that he has not become immune to but the other fish have or he can give them bugs, as well.
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