Mbu laying on side

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Dale101
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Mbu laying on side

Post by Dale101 »

Good afternoon all
I'm hoping someone can help
I have a 12 inch mbu
He's been absolutely fine, yesterday went off his food which is normal for him.
Usually he will pick for a few days a month and eat everything in site for the rest of the time.
This morning when I woke up he was laying on his side in the sand with what appears to be a lump just behind his right fin.
I assumed trapped wind or constipation
Ive tried burping him to no avail
Added salts to his aquarium, segregated him from his tankmates and even tried the old feed him peas trick.
Am i missing anything, please help because im really worried about him.
Other than that he looks absolutely fine, bit depressed understandably given the situation.
Any ideas?
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Re: Mbu laying on side

Post by Pufferpunk »

Sorry, I was out of town. Is he doing any better?
Please answer ALL the Qs above, in red.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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