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rdnyva
06/27/2017, 06:14 PM
I have a Scribbled Rabbit, 4inches long, that I've had for over a year. Came to me at about 1 inch. He initially did well and grew fast. For some reason he has been losing weight, he looks very skinny even though he eats well, pellets and frozen. All of his tankmates are in good health and robust. He is not being harassed. Lately I've noticed he goes to the surface, gulps air and expels it out his gills.

Any thoughts?

McPuff
06/28/2017, 12:22 AM
The surface behavior is not that odd actually. Are you giving the rabbit any nori or other algae-based foods? This is very important. The fresher the better.

rdnyva
06/28/2017, 04:10 AM
I'm glad to hear the surface behavior is nothing to worry about. I was concerned because it just recently started. Ive been feeding Formula Two pellets, rotating frozen, and giving nori twice a week. The Nori is many months old, so I will buy a fresh pack and feed it more often.

My main concern is that even feeding more than usual the rabbit does not gain weight and is very thin.

Thanks for your help Mcpuff.

Breadman03
06/28/2017, 09:10 AM
You should read up on diagnosing intestinal worms. It sounds like a possibility.

Myles
06/28/2017, 11:33 AM
My scribbled rabbit has the same behavior but it is always the same spot in the tank. Otherwise it is doing great, eats well, and is gaining weight.
I would worry about the weight loss though so you might want to post in the disease forum. I too would guess some sort of internal parasite but that is just a guess.
Myles