What could be wrong? My fish is not eating.

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by anz, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. anzValued MemberMember

    I have a red zebra cichlid fish that, as far as I can tell, has not eaten in about a month! API master kit results have been pretty normal. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 20-60 nitrates. My fish is not acting sick, no clamped fins, not swimming at the bottom of the tank, not gasping for air, not being bullied. It is swimming around like normal. The only thing that is different is that it "acts" like its eating. It will spit the food out or will just " pretend" to eat. when it's feeding time, it will be all in the mix with the rest of the fish, but won't actually take any food in its mouth. It will also swim right past a piece of food without even trying to eat it.

    I have tried feeding different kinds of food. NLS pellets, flakes, peas, algae tablets, zucchini. I've tried soaking food in garlic, still won't eat. The only time I've seen it poop was the other day. I added a picture that i took of its poo. Seems normal for a fish that has not eaten, but I could be wrong.

    Any ideas about what could be wrong with my fish? What should I do? Thanks in advance. image.jpg

  2. fishaddictionValued MemberMember

    It may be eating at different times like scouring the tank later for food it has to be eating something fish can't live that long without eating something maybe algae.

  3. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    I'm not very experienced with cichlids but he definitely looks like his belly is sunken. How long have you had him? I know he needs alot of vegetable matter but maybe try tempting him to eat with some meaty foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp just to get him eating.

    If he was mine I may entertain the idea of treating with prazi pro jic. Hopefully some cichlid gurus will be by with their opinions too.

  4. plecodragonWell Known MemberMember

    It could have some kind of internal parasite. I don't know much about cichlids but its poop doesn't look very good.
    Try some treat like foods like blood worms, glass worms. Maybe it will eat them.
  5. anzValued MemberMember

    I might be scouring the bottom, but my tank has no algae for it to feed on!

    I tried brine shrimp too (I forgot to put that on the list). Didn't touch it:(
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  6. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    Fish can go quite along time w/o eating, some for months. Imo, that poop looks normal for a fish that hasn't eaten, its clear.
  7. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Looks like it hasn't eaten for 4-6 weeks, or has been malnourished for a few months. I agree, a fish that hasn't eaten is not going to have normal poop.
  8. anzValued MemberMember

    What is prazi pro jic?
  9. bankruptjojoFishlore VIPMember

    its medicine, here is a link...
  10. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    Like jojo said, its anti parasite medication jic=just in case.
  11. anzValued MemberMember

    I don't have a hospital tank. Can I dose the whole tank? Will it harm the other fish?
  12. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    Yes you can, no it won't. :)
  13. anzValued MemberMember

  14. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    You're very welcome. :)
  15. anzValued MemberMember

  16. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Yup, give it a shot

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