Urgent help needed blue Manadrin is dying

Discussion in 'Urgent Help Needed' started by Barlan, 20 Oct 2013.

  1. Barlan

    Barlan

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    Hi all

    At this very moment in time, my blue mandarin is dying and i dont know if there is anything i can do.

    ok, where to start...
    lets start at the end, since friday night he has been acting strange, not swimming around plucking, sitting in a hole in the rock and acting really weak, not flapping his "wings" and not eating.

    Tonight, the current at the bottom of the tank flipped him over so i took him out, i cant risk him dying and getting caught under a rock causing nitrates.

    i currently have him in a container with tank water and he is kind of flapping his "wings" but when i tried to put the him into the rsm, he just goes with the flow like a dead fish, flipping over and lying at the bottom of the container upside down.

    Observations:
    my female mandarin tried to peck/chase him once since we got him, this was during the week.
    his fins are ragged, like he was attacked, this is only as of today.
    he does this weird hiccup every 5 seconds or so (last hour or so)
    his breathing is shallow with the above intermittent hiccup.
    and he is curling up on and off.

    some quick info:
    there are pods all over the tank glass and he was pecking.
    we tried to QT in rsm but he seemed more stressed, so we moved him into the dt 4 hours after acclimation and he was better.
    he had pinched sides but even tho he isnt fat or normal, the pinched sides are fainter.

    i dont know what to do. is there anything i can do.

    many thanks

    B
     
  2. Guest




  3. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    24,045
    Likes Received:
    1,465
    Location:
    Centurion
    When did you get him?
     
  4. OP
    Barlan

    Barlan

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    Hi Riaanp

    We got him last week sat.
     
  5. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    24,045
    Likes Received:
    1,465
    Location:
    Centurion
    Does not sound like he adapted too well. If there are loads of pods available and he is not eating, then there is not a lot I can suggest further. Sorry
     
  6. OP
    Barlan

    Barlan

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    thanks anyway, it was a risk getting him even tho we could see he was physically really skinny.

    he was eating, but no where near as much as the female. (they're actually the same size).

    i just tried to put him in the rsm again, the current dragged him around so i fear he hasnt got many minutes left :(

    thanks anyway. just one of those things...
     
  7. HOT SAUCE

    HOT SAUCE

    Joined:
    12 Nov 2012
    Posts:
    1,382
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Manzini / Swaziland
    hey man .. I would try QT the fish for a few days. I don't think its important to ha e a lot of pods around him right now because he's sick and he simply won't eat. if he was starving to death he would eat. try put him in a tank or something away from light so hr can rest and hope for the best .. not much you can do really
     
  8. HOT SAUCE

    HOT SAUCE

    Joined:
    12 Nov 2012
    Posts:
    1,382
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Manzini / Swaziland
    try keep.him.away from strong currents as that wound stress him even further and drain the little energy he has left
     
  9. OP
    Barlan

    Barlan

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    @hotsauce, i'll try the rsm again, no flow, but skimmer on, so there's still "flow" and oxygen.

    not looking great, but its worth a shot.

    thanks
     
  10. OP
    Barlan

    Barlan

    Joined:
    29 Feb 2012
    Posts:
    292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Randburg, johannesburg
    ok, so i put him in the rsm and i think he's dead :(

    RIP mandarin.

    thanks anyway
     
  11. tekkengal

    tekkengal Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    2,589
    Likes Received:
    360
    Location:
    JHB
    Sorry to hear about your mandarin :( May he rest in peace.
    I think the problem was that your female was the same size as him. If you do decide to get another male, make sure that he is at least double her size. They will fight if they are similar in size.
     
  12. shan

    shan

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    689
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    centurion
    Sorry Barlan. Not nice loosing a fish
     
  13. HOT SAUCE

    HOT SAUCE

    Joined:
    12 Nov 2012
    Posts:
    1,382
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Manzini / Swaziland
    sorry man
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - blue Manadrin dying Forum Date
[wtd] Blue velvet nudibronch please Wanted 18 Jul 2017
T5s white or blue General Discussions and Advice 1 Jul 2017
[wtd] True blue Acro frags Wanted 19 Jun 2017
Advanced Topic Blue clove polyp taken over Advanced Topics 18 Jun 2017
[wtd] Bluefish controller for Maxpext Razor Wanted 6 Jun 2017
Keeping powder blue tangs General Discussions and Advice 3 Jun 2017
Can I keep a purple tang and a powder blue tang together General Discussions and Advice 30 May 2017