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ammonia 0

nitrite 0

hosptial tank 40 litres

fish 2 inches

I have had mable for about 2 years, she is very disabled with the biggest eyes you have seen. I imagine she is blind and I have hand fed her daily.

A few weeks ago I noticed she stopped swimming around, and when she did she was all over te place, up side down and lop sided. I thought maybe swim bladder, and fed her peas.

I moved her to my hospital tank as sme of my other fish were bothering her.

I have noticed that her tail end of her body seems to look twisted. I am wondering if this could be causing her balance problems.

I have really bonded with this fish, and love her dearly. I really dont know what to do.

She is not clamped and her dorsal fin is always erect.

Any suggestions would be really appreciated, I am scared she will die.

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Is she pooping at all? What colour is it?

Any redness anywhere on the body?

Does she still have her appetite?

What are the parameters of the tank you took her out of? (especially the ph)

When you say her eye is swollen, how long has it been like this?

Please post back soon :)

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Is she pooping at all? What colour is it?

Any redness anywhere on the body?

Does she still have her appetite?

What are the parameters of the tank you took her out of? (especially the ph)

When you say her eye is swollen, how long has it been like this?

Please post back soon :)

PH in tank she came out of is 7.5 and the tank she is in was the same. I am lucky where I am, the PH seems to remain stable.

When I said her eyes are massive, I mean its normal fr her type. She has always had these monsterous eyes, sad that they make fish this way. I rescued her from my local fish shop 2 years ago, where she was riddled with white spot. I took pity and made her well. I dont understand this bent back end, I am certain she didnt have this before.

There are no red marks on her, a few black marks, but this is due to her recent colour change from black to orange, the remainders of her black days I think.

I havent noticed her pooping, and I have checked her often for this, another reason I fed her peas. She has never really grown well. She was about half inch in body when I got her, and is about 1 1/2 or 2 inches now, not including head and tail.

She is feeding normally, but just has problems swimming so she kind of gives up and sits on the bottom a lot. So so so so worried!! thanks so much for replying so quickly!!

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Sorry to hear you are having problems. We do bond with our fish dont' we.

Since all seems well with the water, could it be she has been stunted, compromised and is only now showing symptoms???? Just a thought.

Does she bottom sit constantly, or is it just more than normal?

Is this fish a girl?

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ammonia 0

nitrite 0

hosptial tank 40 litres

fish 2 inches

I have had mable for about 2 years, she is very disabled with the biggest eyes you have seen. I imagine she is blind and I have hand fed her daily.

A few weeks ago I noticed she stopped swimming around, and when she did she was all over te place, up side down and lop sided. I thought maybe swim bladder, and fed her peas.

I moved her to my hospital tank as sme of my other fish were bothering her.

I have noticed that her tail end of her body seems to look twisted. I am wondering if this could be causing her balance problems.

I have really bonded with this fish, and love her dearly. I really dont know what to do.

She is not clamped and her dorsal fin is always erect.

Any suggestions would be really appreciated, I am scared she will die.

Hi,what was the size of the tank that she was originally in?How long has it been set up?

Do you have a test for Nitrates,and if so what are those number's?

How many other fish in the tank?When you say that other fish were bothering her,can you explain how? Any signs of breeding behavior?

How many times a day do you feed,how much,and what food?Sorry for all the questions,but the more info the better. :)

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will try to answer everyones questions in on go!!

DOnt know if she is female or not!! Just kind of thought she looked like a girl!! probably male!!! she does bottom sit most of the time, nose down. on occasions she will have a wobbly swim around.

she came out of a mature tank, although I had to move in the eraly summer and took them on a 4 hour trip which they survived without any problems at all. The tank didnt show any problems from the move, I tested every 3 days for a month, and now test weekly for nitrite, ammonia, nitrate and PH. I dont test for GH.....is that the other test? *shows ignorance*!!

the other fish seemed to nudge into her since she was bottom sitting, and I was worried they might start nibbling her tail.

I have 3 other fish and her in the tank, but she is now on her own in a hospital tank. I change the water daily in her tank.

feed once a day, good quality pellets, bloodworms, watercress.

nitrate number 20

will try to get a photo soon.

thanks for your help everyone!!

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If you can try and find out if she is a female may be a good idea.

By looking at the rectum you can see if it "sticks" out a bit, called an outie or if it is smooth and no "bump" where the rectum is, that is called an inie.

Females have a little protrusion where their rectum is.

If it is a female you could have some egg issues going on. NOt a good thing. THey often get egg bound or impacted. This usually requires medicated foods, warmer water and so forth.

Could you take a look and see what you think the fish is?

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If you can try and find out if she is a female may be a good idea.

By looking at the rectum you can see if it "sticks" out a bit, called an outie or if it is smooth and no "bump" where the rectum is, that is called an inie.

Females have a little protrusion where their rectum is.

If it is a female you could have some egg issues going on. NOt a good thing. THey often get egg bound or impacted. This usually requires medicated foods, warmer water and so forth.

Could you take a look and see what you think the fish is?

Hi.

I cant see any protrusion, so she must be male!!! I have starved her for 3 days, and gave her some orange today which she ate happily. Trying to give her some C vits, then will feed her peas. Tail end still twisted to one side, have read electricution or C vitamin deficiency. Cant be electricution surely......... the others are ok and surely I would feel a current in the water?

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Well I suppose you should feel the current if you are sticking your hand in without unpluging the stuff. BTW that isn't a good thing to be doing.............be careful.

I hope the fish gets better, keep us updated.

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She seems realy curled up now. She is not clamped, but seems to be nose down and tail curled over her. I think she is a male btw, but I have always called her a she! I am helpless as to what to do. She just sits there. I fed her some pea today, but this is hard as I dont think she could feed on her own, I had to rest her in a net at the top of the water and hand feed her. I just KNOW she is going to die, I almost wish she would because it cant be a life for her at the moment, but I cant bring myself to assist her to die unless she clamps up. aaahhh I dont know what to do. Still trying to get a good photo!

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Well I suppose you should feel the current if you are sticking your hand in without unpluging the stuff. BTW that isn't a good thing to be doing.............be careful.

I hope the fish gets better, keep us updated.

Yes wil be careful. I am bad doing things when stuff is switched on. Some fish I hand feed and its a pain turning stuff off. I must do this......more of a pain to die I guess!!

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I am sorry to hear she/he isn't doing well. I was hoping you would have had better luck.

It is too bad, I can't think of anything else to help except keep fresh water going in on a regular basis.

Keep us posted.

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How are things going?

Mable is still with us, but still in the same pityful state. She did swim around yesterday and look for food on the gravel. I checked the water again and again and it has zero nitrite and ammonia, nitrate is 20. I change her water 20% every 3 days. I have just laid some food by her this morning and she gobbled it up, but she still seems lethargic. I have seem poop on the gravel which is good, and it looked normal, but one cant tell unless its coming from her bottom!! She isnt clamped. I will keep you updated if she improves or gets worse. I absolutely ADORE this little fish, and its breaking my heart everyday I see her like this! Thanks again for your support!

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I have never found medicated food in the uk. If it exists can someone tell me where I get it!!? Something like medigold isnt available in the UK. UK sucks for fish treatments!!

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