Bristlenose Pleco Stopped Eating Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Chiles, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Chiles

    ChilesNew MemberMember

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    IMG_9573.JPG Hello everyone!

    Recently my bristlenose pleco has not been eating. I am suspecting it to be finrot as it's fins are clamped and not 'flowy' like it used to be as well as shorter. It started off as a tiny hole which she has for many months and I thought nothing of it and now it has nearly eaten the two fins. How come the suspected finrot continues despite the fact that I do 50% water changes every other day day? I'm really worried about her as I love her very much. She's in a 55g tank with two discus and a betta at 28 degrees Celsius. I was also wondering if myxazin would be of use to treat her and if I could put her in a 10L QT with a piece of driftwood. Would a 30L QT be more ideal?

    Thank you for your input in advance. Hope to hear from you guys soon! :)

    Tank
    • What is the water volume of the tank? 55 gallons
    • Does it have a filter? Yes (fluval 306)
    • Does it have a heater? Yes
    • What is the water temperature? 28 degrees Celsius
    • What is the entire stocking of this tank? bettta fish, albino bristlenose pleco 2 discus ( I'm aware that this could cause issues and am currently getting a custom built tank to hold more)

    Maintenance
    • How often do you change the water? Every other day
    • How much of the water do you change? 50%
    • What do you use to treat your water? seachem prime
    • Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Bare bottom tank

    Parameters
    • Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes (using old media)
    • What do you use to test the water? API Master Test Kit for freshwater
    • What are your parameters?
    Ammonia: ~0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: ~0 (planted tank)
    pH: 7.2


    Feeding
    • How often do you feed your fish? Twice a day
    • How much do you feed your fish? Half a pellet in the morning and in the afternoon with black worms for betta, blanched zucchini for pleco, and beef heart and freeze dried black worms for discus
    • What brand of food do you feed your fish? New Life Spectrum Betta Formula.
    • Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Yes, freeze dried black worms

    Illness & Symptoms:
    • How long have you had this fish? ~9 months
    • How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 3-4 days
    • In a few words, (more room for details below) what are the symptoms? Laying at the bottom motionless even when I poke it and not eating anything.
    • Have you started any treatment for the illness? No
    • Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
    • How has its behaviour changed? Lethargic, not eating.
     
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    Giving this a bump up for you hope our members can help you today
     
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    Chiles

    ChilesNew MemberMember

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    Thank you
     
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    Chiles

    ChilesNew MemberMember

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    UPDATE: it seems as though my pleco is eating again! I guess my treatment worked
     
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