Electric Blue Acara Sick!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by LakeEffect, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. LakeEffect

    LakeEffectNew MemberMember

    My Blue Acara is sick as well. Tonight I gave him bloodworms and when he tried to eat he spits his food out and big white puffs of smoke looking stuff comes out his gills on both sides. Anyone have any idea?

    And the white thing is just part of their anatomy as far as I can see. My Blue Acara has that too.
     
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  2. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Any pictures? Tank size? Parameters? Other fish? Temperature?
     
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    LakeEffect

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    All water perimeters are perfect. Tank temp around 78. I have him in a 29 gallon by himself right now. Had him in a 10 gallon QT tank. Took him out of my DT. As of today, he hasn't eaten in 3 weeks. However, he is acting completely normal. Swimming, social. If he makes it, he's staying alone in this 29. I'm not putting him back in the community tank.

    Anyway here is what I've tried.

    Week one General Cure in QT tank with Epsom salt baths 2xs a day. Some improvement (not hiding too much but won't eat) When he pooped, it was the normal cichlid pellet color of orange and then a very long string of white gelatinous stuff came out. Thinking a worm, might be because he hasn't eaten? Idk.

    Week two went to local fish specialist, suggested Maracyn 2. No better, no worse. Won't eat.

    Week three moved to cycled 29 gal. Swims freely. Not hiding, but won't eat. Color is good and I'm starting to notice some weight loss. Tried blood worms, fresh salmon, shrimp, nothing is appetizing to him, even soaked in garlic.

    I'm at a loss :/ Anyone?
     
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    LakeEffect

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    Btw....Started Coppersafe yesterday. Was told by my fish expert that I can use Prime to dechlorinate. They said they do it all the time in the store. I'm talking about $500 fish. They said I don't have to do water changes with Coppersafe because the tank won't cycle so I don't have to worry about ammonia spikes. True? Everything I've read online it says that treating with a dechlorinator somehow breaks down the copper and makes it toxic to the fish.
     
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  6. A201

    A201Well Known MemberMember

    Very pretty EBA. Usually when a fish goes on a hunger strike in a tank with good water parameters & not being bullied, its internal parasites / Hexamita. The go to treatment is often Metronidazole / Metroplex.
    Coppersafe is a good med, often used for Oodinium (one bad bug). I've heard that Coppersafe has worked against Hex & some bacterial infections. Lets us know how it goes & hope the Acara heals up soon.
     
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    LakeEffect

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    As far as I know General Cure has Metronidazole. I can't find Metroplex in any stores, so I guess I'll cease the copper (since copper only treats external parasites) and order metronidazole online. Would you happen to know if it works through being absorbed since he isn't eating?
     
  8. A201

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    I know Metroplex can be dosed into the water column.
     
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    LakeEffect

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    Update on the EBA. He's still hanging on. I've dosed twice with Metroplex and once with combo of Metroplex and Kanaplex. He still won't eat :( Guys, it's been a month without food, and yes, I'm sure because I take out any uneaten food every time I try to feed him. He's not going to last. He is thinner visually now. I'm ready to listen to anyone who has force-fed their fish. I've seen it done. Any success? Anyone?
     
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