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Slipshodman

Sick Convict -Epsom Salt treatment - Help please

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Hi All,

I have a 300 ltr tank with a pair of Convicts , the male is large about 18cm long. ph7.0, Ammo 0, Nitrate 0, Nitrate about 10 ish (due a WC this weekend)

The last 3 weeks he has not got off the bottom of the tank, the female swims around fine with no issue 

I have continued water changes as normal every second week about 50%, the first week i treated with Tri-Sulfa just in case it was bacterial or something.

Anyway as i said three weeks on and all he does in lay at an angle in a hollow log on the bottom, occasionally he has a short swim but its like he has lead in his belly and cant really get off the bottom and almost drags his belly along the sand.

So i was going to try a Epsom salt bath considering it could be constipation ... i Had been given some food from the LFS by their suggestion and since i have had a look its basically protien .

So for a couple of weeks prior to this issue thats all he got fed, stupid i know i should have mixed it up.

Anyway , what rate should i have the epsom salt bath , i assume tank water plus ? epsom salt 

@none @aquaholic99 , or anyone else, you advice would be greatly appreciated 

 

Cheers 

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i have googled and on average i am looking at 1x tablespoon per 10 ltr of water in the bucket for 15 minute bath

i will be going with that unless told otherwise

Cheers 

Addition:

So i went with the bath as above, he is quite lethargic , it didnt help and he is now in a smaller tank with his misses as she stressed when he wasn't there

he really seems like his body is too heavy to swim with ..not sure what to do next 

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Sounds like his swim bladder is damaged, either by rapid temperature change or physical injury. 

I don't think epsom salts is going to do anything, it's more for fish that float. I would just keep the tank dark and see if he recovers. He may not make it, or he may survive without fully recovering. Might even make a full recovery - depending on how badly damaged and how tough he is. 

Best wishes!  

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@Alibi - If i can land a pellet close to him he will swim (well kinda swim) to get it , i moved the hollow log that he has called home for the last couple of weeks to the smaller tank

It took him a while to find it as when i put him in the smaller tank he just lay half on his side in one corner (to be honest i thought he might be gone then) but next day he was in the log where he has stayed since

@aquaholic99 - thanks for the advice, no rapid temperature change has occurred so can only consider he has injured himself although nothing physically noticeable externally on his body.

I will just keep watching him and making sure he gets a pellet everyday and hope he comes good.

If there is anything else i could do for him please let me know.


Cheers 

 

 

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Sorry  mate still dealing with cyclone issues here only just saw the tag - as Winston said sounds like swim bladder unlikely to 'heal' in the sense that it will revert back to normal swimming position.  Have you added small amount of salt? 

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Thanks @none , no salt to the tank (but i will add some tonight) 

Its just a pity i cant do anything more for him but wait and see 

 

I hope all is well after TC "Debbie" Matt, sorry i didn't realise you were affected 

Cheers 

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