Urgent help needed Fish not swimming floating to the top

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  1. Dorrey

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    HI,

    Just seen my foxface floating at the top of my tank, not dead but breathing but he's not able to swim. Is he sick, do i take him out of the tank and assume he is dying??
     
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  3. Tremayn

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    How are the other fish?
    How long has your tank been running for?
    Whats the temp
    Whats the No3 sitting at?
     
  4. mytank

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    Salinity is another factor and flow ?
     
  5. Dorrey

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    Tank been going for 3 months, other fish fine, lost a blenni yesterday and now the foxface is going down. Had water checked at LFS Monday all was fine. Did a 15% water change today. Temp is 27.5 same as always, Damsel has a bit of white spot but kept lights off today added extra vitamins and seems fine now. Added Foxface Saturday.

    I have now taken him out of tank and put him in a seperate bucket with heater and airpump.
     
  6. mytank

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    Did you acclimatize the fish before adding him and now removing him same tank water if not did acclimatize him? When last did he eat?
     
  7. Dorrey

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    Did acclimatize when introduced to my tank and he was eating. I have moved him with same water as from the main tank. Not sure when last he ate but i have seen him eat up until yesterday, haven't been home to day to see if he ate today or not.
     
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    Air pump is good move check your parameters like nitrate also ammonia and ph mor importantly now is salinity
     
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    If he cant swim and he is breathing then it is likely that he is dying from a disease or bad water parameter in your tank. Please be careful they do have poison spines, but the best bet is to try identify what disease it has and to test your water parameters.
     
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    Salinity 1.024
     
  11. Yuri

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    What is your ammonia , nitrates and nitrites and kh
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the section in bold does not help us much we need actual values to try determine a possible problem..

    ;)
     
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    Wouldn't a small video clip of the actual fish in motion pin-point the problem in this case...by actually seeing it's behaviour, one can pin point the problem..? I do that with my LFS ...send e-mail and soon get the answer to what is wrong with my fish...if any...depending on behaviour...
     
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    pm me which lfs
     
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    belindamotion Google Master

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    The same one that has you'r Clams..:lol::lol::lol:..I'm a "worse case scenario" person, so everytime something doesn't look right I either sms or e-mail and that's been the basis of our relationship since the day we met..:blush: I suppose he is very tolerant of me, after-all, I don't think he really ever encountered a "worse-case scenario" person until he had the mis-fortune of having me walk thru the door...:005::005::005: But in the end, we still gel and he takes extra care when explaining stuff to me as I truely do want to understand the "why" "what" and "how" of stuff and the more I understand something, the less I turn into the "worse case scenario" mode as I know some answers to my "panic" questions...:p So the more he informs me, the less I bug him..:005::005::005:
     
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    Hi Dorrey,

    How was the fish accepted by its tankmates and what type of damsel do you have?
    When you say floating - is it being pushed around by the current, or just not swimming deep, but still in control of its movements?
     
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    You said that you bought the fish recently.. Its also possible that the fish was caught using cyanide ... If your water parameters are good, fish was eating, no visible signs of a parasite, fish was not harassed by a tank mate, then the cyanide is a possibility, once everything else has been looked into
     
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    First off
    A fish that is swimming at the top is not getting oxygen (gills are damaged )
    Is there white spots on the fish
     
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    WOW...I've never heard of this...just done a Google search...:eek:
    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanide_fishing"]Cyanide fishing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Float-tube-pikeangler.jpg" class="image" title="140"><img alt="140" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9a/Float-tube-pikeangler.jpg"@@AMEPARAM@@en/9/9a/Float-tube-pikeangler.jpg[/ame]

    She does mention losing a Blennie the day before, so it sounds like it is something that could affect all Tank inmates if the cause is not found...unless the Foxface is "toxic" and affecting the rest..
     
  20. Yuri

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    I almost forgot what food have you been feeding
     
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    Hmmm firstly drop your temp 27.5 is looking for trouble! It is a lovely breeding temp for whitespot. You foxface is not toxic unless the spikes impale a fish or you. Sounds like an ammonia/nitrate spike In your tank.
     
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