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Re: He's not eating/can't eat :(

Subject: Re: He's not eating/can't eat :(
by Fishlady on 2012/10/18 12:25:03

Firstly what are your actual test results for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH?

When you say pH has fallen, by how much and since when?

Which test kit are you using?

Increased water changes won't be the cause of the pH drop in the tank unless the pH of your water supply has dropped from its usual level so check that too please.

The empty poop casings could mean that he's full of gas as a result of overfeeding/fermentation of food in his gut which is quite a possibility given your recent problem with detritus worms. Another possibility is that he has an internal bacterial infection. That would also cause the poop issues, lack of appetite and lethargy. Finally, he could have some kind of internal parasites.

Post up the water results and look carefully for any other symptoms and we'll go from there. We need to work out what's going on with the water, but in the meantime in case this is just an overfeeding/blockage issue, starve him for 2 days and then feed him squashed peas only as his first meal after the fast.