I think varying the diet is a really good place to start, and I will definitely incorporate a fasting day per week. I hadn't thought of pre-soaking the pellets, so I am going to start doing that as well going forwards.
Sorry to read about this. It sounds as though the cherry barb is indeed suffering from the effects of eating, possibly with the food pressing on its swimbladder and causing it to malfunction. My advice would be: * feeding less at a time but more frequently (eg if you have scope to feed the same amount to the tank per day but split it into separate servings spread out across the daytime); * pre-soaking any pellets/flakes so that it sinks and to prevent the fish taking in air when they eat; * varying the diet so that it includes veg such as chopped pea (shell off pea, each half chopped into tiny morsels) and frozen/live food a couple of times a week; * possibly a fasting day per week. Hope that helps.
Thanks, unfortunately the fish has died today. So wont unfortnately get chance to try that treatment option. Will of course keep an eye on the others to see if anything shows and definitely not going back to the shop I bought then from
Having trouble with Snails in my garden, buggers seems to be immune to the old egg shell and straw trick. I dont want to use poisons as have lots of hedgehogs around so had thought about collecting them up and feeding to my assasin snails.. Has anyone every done this and is it dangerous?
I'm trying to figure out from the first photo whether the fish has a fuzziness around his head or whether it's just a blur in the photo. Either way, bearing in mind that you've already treated for whitespot through two treatment cycles, and taking into account that it's only 1-2 spots currently, but the hiding behaviour and discolouring, I'd be inclined to treat for bacterial infection with either Waterlife Myxazin or eSHa 2000.
If you did treat with eSHa 2000 and additionally discovered that the presence of white spots increased during that time, then you can actually dose eSHa Exit at the same time if need be.
Best of luck and do keep us posted.
You probably already know this but don't forget to remove any carbon from the filter when dosing medication. :)