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pfan151
09/12/2016, 10:40 AM
I have had a female for about a month. It had been doing great until now. It last ate on Friday. It has been breathing heavily. It still hitches but it's activity level is way down. It used to swim around the tank very frequently but now it basically just sits in the same spot all day. Eyes still seem reactive. It's started shaking it's body randomly every once in a while. So far I have done a formalin dip and a freshwater dip. It did seem to react to the freshwater when I first put it in so I was thinking it may have had parasites in the gills but I have not noticed an improvement after the dip. It can from ORA but ORA apparently doesn't actually breed them.

Tank is at 71 degrees. All parameters are good aside from barely readable nitrate level. I do a 20% waterchange 2 times a week. Kind of out of ideas right now.

nutbar29
09/12/2016, 11:09 AM
What are you feeding her


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nutbar29
09/12/2016, 11:13 AM
Was she captive breed or wild caught


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pfan151
09/12/2016, 11:30 AM
It was eating PE and hikari mysis well. Now nothing interests her. I've tried live ghost shrimp and brine in the last couple of days to see if that interested her but no luck. She is captive bred.

nutbar29
09/12/2016, 12:36 PM
Does she have any white spots, ulceration, blisters, cloudy eyes, scratching on rocks, washed out coloration, weight loss, anything protruding from anal opening


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nutbar29
09/12/2016, 12:45 PM
Any swelling or what looks like a bubble


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pfan151
09/12/2016, 01:05 PM
No outward signs of any issues. Just seems weak.

nutbar29
09/12/2016, 04:01 PM
Could it be weak snick where she might not have enough muscle strength to suck in her food


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pfan151
09/15/2016, 12:00 PM
So it's activity level has returned to pretty much normal over the last couple days but it still won't eat and it is still breathing rapidly. It even turns down live brine. It still shakes it's body every so often. I'm wondering if it may have impacted stool. Do Barbouri's like the temperature warmer? I had her at 70 but bumped it up to 73 last night to see if that makes a difference.

So far for treatments I've just done a formalin bath and a 12 minute freshwater dip. It did react to the freshwater dip and it's possible that I saw parasites coming of the gills but I may have just been seeing things.

nutbar29
09/15/2016, 04:15 PM
They prefer water temperature from 72-77 degrees


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pfan151
09/23/2016, 11:20 PM
Finally started eating again yesterday. Not nearly as aggressively as before but I'm hoping she'll be back to normal soon. Never figured out what the issue was but hopefully she managed to fight off whatever was affecting her.

nutbar29
09/24/2016, 10:09 AM
I'm glad


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bluekoi
10/04/2016, 08:42 AM
Glad to hear she started eating again.

Be careful on your water temps. I'm sure they prefer it to be a bit warmer, but the risk of bacterial infections grow with higher temps. I kept mine at 72-73 (I am definitely not an expert or guru), higher and you are risking bacterial growth.