Picky DP + IPs

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Since this board has been up, we have found there are several questions that routinely get asked in order to help diagnose problems. If you can have that information to begin with in your post, we'll be able to help right away (if we can!) without having to wait for you to post the info we need.

1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

3) Feeding, water change schedule and a list of all products you are using or have added to the tank (examples: Cycle, Amquel, salt, etc)

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference.

5) How long the aquarium has been set up, and how did you cycle it? If you don't know what cycling is read this: Fishless Cycling Article and familiarize yourself with all the information. Yes. All of it.

We want to help, and providing this information will go a LONG way to getting a diagnosis and hopeful cure that much faster.

While you wait for assistance:
One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.
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Picky DP + IPs

Post by nikkiv13 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:27 am

Hi everyone, I got a new DP 1 month ago. He got a nice round belly after the LFS showed me that he was eating so I went ahead and purchased, however the belly quickly went away after I got him home. Appetite seems normal but the rounded belly continues to disappear soon after feeding and has started to become concave. My biggest issue is that the LFS was only feeding him brine shrimp. I have tried feeding frozen and freeze dried bloodworms, live blackworms, and live snails. I have tried soaking the different worms in garlic, still with no luck. I've tried feeding worms after several days without food, and during or after feeding brine shrimp to see if the brine shrimp would stimulate less picky behavior. Still the only food the lil guy will eat is brine shrimp. So now I'm wondering if there is a way to make the brine shrimp more nutritious for him? Also, since it seems clear I need to treat for IPs, is there an effective way to do this by dosing the brine shrimp?

Answers to above questions:
1. Water parameters
pH- 7.6
ammonia, nitrite- 0
nitrates- 0-0.5

2. 10 g tank, only inhabitants are single DP with 2 otos

3. Feeding brine shrimp daily until belly becomes rounded with occasional day of fasting. 25% WC twice weekly

4. No recent changes

5. Tank set up 2.5 years ago

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Re: Picky DP + IPs

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:48 am

Brine shrimp has very little nutrition. I see no reason they wouldn't eat live worms. Keep trying.
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