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Powerpa - 2014-03-15
I have a blood parrot. I have had him for over 6 years... He is Very Big and I love him Dearly. His appetite started lessoning for a couple weeks and I kept trying anything new like dry baby shrimp and Krill. Seemed to help. First feed of krill then no more, just sat uneaten. Baby shrimp he liked better. Last weekend I noticed his gill on one side looked like a tear or fungus or something? I used a teaspoon of copper safe and it seemed to look better over night. By the time I came home from work though this redness and tear looking frayed spot looked bad again. So I did a partial water change and the spot fades from bright bloody red to his normal color. I reduced the temp to 70 because I read warm water breeds bacteria and I thought would help... He started jumping and banging his head on the lid... So I put temp up to 74 and still he was banging his head! This jumping up to the roof of his tank he does off and on regularly... Usually at feeding. I know my tank is too small but he lives alone as he is aggressive. Today I noticed his nose has gone yellowy and I am very worried to say the least :( Is his bruising from bumping his head on tank lid or a sign of underlying illness or water quality? Please help :( I do not want to lose my beloved boy. My mother calls him Mick Jagger beccause of his big lips lol I have always called him pinky. His color often goes from bright red to faded pink when persons other than me come in while I am away. But with me he's always a happy loving fish.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like he is unhappy in his environment, and banging around will cause injuries. I suggest getting him a bigger tank, a 55 gallon would be the absolute minimum.
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Alexander - 2004-02-23
Featherfin Synodontis (eupterus) is a relatively peaceful community fish, that cohabitates in my 90G tank with 5 bumblebee Gobies, one Gold Nugget Pleco, one Zebra Pleco and one Gold Line Pleco.
Recently, I added one Synodontis Angelicus after changes in the tank, that made it more structurally complex (meaning adding more hiding spaces in the form of rocks and caves, but also Mopani wood-specially treated, so it doesnt give the water a tea colour, but it maintains its nutritional characteristics.-)
The behaviour of the Featherfin is peaceful, even with the other Synodontis, and he is a marvel to watch.
Care should be taken to provide him with ample food (not only pellets, but also zuccini and cucumber will be appreciated and blood worms)and it will not fail you to show its magnificent dorsal and anal fins.
Nevertheless, if not placed in ample space - at least a 35 G is recommended- and not properly and adequately fed it might eat smaller fish and become aggresive.
Anyway, do you blame him if he does?

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  • rocky - 2014-03-14
    My featherfin is older than me and I'm 29. It is as lively today as it was 10 years ago.
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jim - 2014-03-13
My female bumble bee cichlid will not eat like she used to, she would attack the pellets on top of the water, now she does not eat. But I have seen her eat a little bit on the bottom, not much. This has been going on for about 4 weeks, what's wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like your fish may be reacting to something wrong with its environment. The first line of defense is a partial water change, and then look at the overall home. Test the water for ammonia and nitites, and check the temperature. Then make sure the tank is an appropriate size, there are plenty of rocks for hiding/spawning, and make sure no one is anyone picking on her.
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Laurie - 2011-11-26
Hello My Fellow fish lovers...I have a problem. I have two new red cap orandas that we transfered from our small pond in our backyard-(1st year)-to a 36 gallon indoor tank. We spent alot of $ on a really good filter, everytime we feed our fish-1x daily 4 pellets, one of our orandas seems to get sick and floats upward, stays there and sometimes floats sideways for a day. We panic, put him in a small bucket with water,conditioner, a little salt and oxygen and feed him peas Overnight he recovers slightly but still isn't right. We feed him peas when he acts up again still isn't right. He once got messed up really bad the first time we transfered him after being in pond all summer) , cause we didn't condition the water....since then this floating goes on every time we feed him. Can someone PLEASE help me..I'm afraid we are going to lose him...Thank you...happy Holidays to all

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-26
    I found just two things but either could be the problem. The first is constipation and the symptoms fit. This one is easy cuz you just change the food. It would explain why feeding it a pea would help. The second is gas bubble disease gas bubbles and you might want to check this article out.
  • Lory - 2011-12-10
    Keep feeding him peas for a few days. Then just feed him veggies for a while. if you do give him pellets soak in water till they sink. Than place in tank. Also does his body look okay...no injuries from the transfer- tank from pond?
  • kelsey - 2011-12-29
    i think we have the same problem because my fish bernenne is not swimming.We just cleaned his tank today but he is struggling to move and he wont eat at all.I dont know what kind of fish he is but it looks like what you have. Any suggestions??? I'm afraid I might lose him thank you ....happy hoiladays and im sorry you don't know me I just had to get a answer. Hope your fish gets better! sincerliy kelsey
  • sheila meredith - 2012-01-19
    Dear red cap oranda owner, i too set up a huge tank a few months ago and brought 4 of these fish, one is always sickly, they suffer constpation and get swim bladder problems and cannot swim to the bottom of the tank, i put in florets of brocolli which they love (cooked and softened) also cauli, but they do love broc, i give mine the flake fish food, this time though i do not think i will be successfull, the other thre are doing well, they are a lovely temperament fish, and should not be put with goldfish, who usually bully them,
    all the best with your poorly fish, i.ve also turned out the lights on the fish tank- these are cold water species and the lights warm the water up.
    good luck
  • leah - 2012-05-01
    I had a fish that would do this. I read that it is because the fish is constipated and so the swim bladder is pressed on making it hard to swim...I made my fish fast for a day or two and then fed him and it seemed to help clean out his system and he has since stopped with the scary sideways swimming on the top of the tank.
  • sheila - 2014-03-13
    Dear Laurie I am sorry you are having trouble with your oranda, I just lost mine after 2 and a half years, but they are prone to constipation due to the commercial fish food - which is JUNK and overpriced junk at that. I boiled Broccoli florets till they were soft. When cold I put them in the tank and the orandas love it. I found it very hard to keep my oranda afloat on the granules and commercial flakes, its just junk! In fact my oranda just died and I'm positive it was the commercial fish food granules. Good luck, they are tricky fish to keep alive, but very lovely and colourful natured fish - best of luck I hear brine is good and possibly ants eggs also.
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Mel1234 - 2012-09-17
I have just acquired a lung fish about 8 inches long. He is past the external gill stage and is going to the top of the tank to gulp air like a normal lung fish. I keep him in a large tank with plenty of hiding places (plants), temperature around 72F, slow moving water, mid-range pH, low to no ammonia, and a good filter. In the 1 & 1/2 weeks I have had him I have not seen him eat and am becoming concerned. He seems rather lathargic (not much movement at all), but could that just be his behavior? I have offered him dillies (small worms), fish flakes (sparingly, he ate 1 or two), and ghost shrimp and he does not seem to be eating. Has anyone on here cared for a younger lung fish and can tell me if this is normal? Any help would be appreciated as I am trying to provide him with optimal care.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-17
    Raise the temperature!
  • Mel1234 - 2012-09-19
    Thanks for the feedback. What would you keep it at? I had it at 78F for about a week, then dropped it to 72F because the few sources I found said they live in water 60F-80F or in the 70F range. I was worried I had his temp. too high.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-19
    These are a warmer water species, so a temperature of 78F is within their range of 75-82F. It may be that it doesn't recognize the foods your offering. You could try offering live feeders to stimulated it to eat as a more recognizable food source  along with the worms, and then offer shrimps once it starts feeding. Not sure if it will every be enticed to eat flake foods. Let us know how it goes!
  • Mel1234 - 2012-10-09
    Thank you for the help! Apparently he was just faking it. He has eaten the ghost shrimp from 20 strong down to just 6 shrimp in the tank. The front left fin, which was just a stump when I got him, has grown almost completely back. I foolishly assumed he was diurnal, but apparently they are nocturnal and he seemed lathargic because he was RESTING. Thanks again for the extra information!
  • ben - 2014-03-12
    Warmer. I keep mine at 78-80. Seems to love it. Also try frozen uncooked shrimp. Not the tiger shrimp. Stick to saltwater shrimp cause freshwater shrimp usually come from nasty water.
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mystery - 2014-03-12
Hey, I have a South American Lungfish. He/She is around 20' long. I realized that putting those types of fish in large tanks makes it more difficult for them to reach for air. Instead it makes them swim for it. The shallower the better. Worry more about the footprint of the tank instead. Wouldn't recommend hand feeding. Mine will try to take fingers. 'ALWAYS BE ON TOES OR LOSE THOSE'

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Anne - 2009-03-14
I have a striped puffer for about two years, he/she is awsome! Very docile so far, actually I have a hard time keeping things in the tank with him/her, but not because he bothers anyone, it's the other way around! We call him "lil man" he's been so awesome. He stopped eating live food a year ago, I got worried something was wrong as he was keeping a couple guppies as buddies. But I got him eating a variety of frozen foods. He's about 7" long, plump, beautiful blue eyes. He shares his tank with two small clowns, anemone, blue damsel, and an engineer goby that's huge. oh yea, Patrick, the chocolate chip star, he gets hand fed too. They are smart, people tend to think fish don't have much brain other than instinct, but I beg to differ!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-03-20
    this is a freshwater fish.... why do u have it in a salt water tank?
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-11
    Need to change your tank to freshwater!
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Anonymous - 2014-03-11
Hello I have a bubble eye gold fish and one of the bubbles has popped completely. Is this something I should be concerned about, and the other one is deflating what should I do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    He may be okay, but their bubbles are prone to infection and you may want to put some medication in the water to reduce the chance of infection setting into the deflated bubble. How is he doing now? I hope he is still thriving. Also make sure to do regular water changes because these fish need clean water!
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Suganya - 2014-03-11
Hi... My kisser minnie lies vertically very often at the top region of the tank and stays inactive most of the time... only when I go knock near him he gets active... what is wrong with my minnie?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Is he eating regularly still? If he is eating and doesn't have any obvious illness (fungal or bacterial patches, fin rot, open sores, etc.) then I would just keep an eye on him. But also check all water parameters, temperature, and make sure you are keeping on top of water changes to reduce the chance of infection. How is he doing now? I hope he is acting better! Good luck.
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ana - 2014-03-10
So I've had a silver tip for about 3 weeks now. It's about 2 inches and is at salt water level 1.004 in a 30 gal. He was very active till I woke up and noticed he was very light, the black on its fins were discolored and it was in the bottom corner of the tank not even moving. I tried feeding it and it won't swim up, I threw in a tablespoon of salt along with quick start liquid stress coat and stress enzyme and still nothing. Any suggestion or opinions? I really care about it and don't want it to die on me.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    What color have his fins turned to? It sounds like it may be a fungal infection and you may want to treat for that. Also, is your tank setup relatively new? (the water balance may not be optimal yet), and do you do regular water changes? Make sure you change about a quarter of your tank at least monthly to keep the water in good condition.
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