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My baby fantail just sits @ the bottom of the tank, hardly moving.

Once in awhile it will go to the surface for air.

I think it has trouble maintaining buoancy, staying afloat.

It eats less now. My previous fantail from the same batch @ the LFS died 3 weeks before

but it was floating @ the top.

I fear the current fantail, a white one with black eyes, will die very soon.

In its 10gal QT home, there are 5-6 Anachris plants & 3 small snails.

All other fish previously in the QT were healthy.

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What are your water parameters?

What kind of filtration are you using?

Have you tried medicated food?

Is he/she pooping at all? What colour is it?

Do you see any signs of spitting out food?

Any flashing or scratching at all?

What colour are the gills?

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The tank is a 10 US gal with whisp60 turned down to half.

I just transferred it to a bucket with airstone & salt water.

Haven?t had time to test water yet. But the LFS said it?s ok.

I have to get it better food.

It just pooped this morn, Clear at 1 end, & black the other. It doesn?t eat much now.

Yes it spits out food. No flashing or scratching.

Gills are red. The whole fish looks paler this morn. I thought it was dead.

I think its swim bladder & maybe an infection. It doesn?t eat much veggies, just peas sometimes.

My koi eats much more veggies!

thanks

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You really need to know your water params. Poor water quality will kill fish quickly. You ned the lps to tell you what the readings were not just that they are "ok" (I am not sure about your LPS but I had to show the guy working in mine how to test the water & read the results.)

When you say you transferred him to the bucket - did you use fresh/treated water or did you transfer him & the water to the bucket?

What are you using to treat the water?\

Jenn

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Hi,

I transferred with fresh water only. Not the old water.

I use wardleys dechlor,

stress coat

tetra aqua

Who would of thought fish are so expensive? The gf, I call him Frankenstein, survived the night.

It still bottom sits & doesn?t eat much if anything.

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Any updates on his condition?

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It was upside down on the bottom this morn, dead.

It's belly was bloated. It was a downward spiral.

I was surprised to learn the nitrites were so high. & nitrates slightly elevated.

Oh darn, i forgot to get medicated food while i was at the LFS.

I got a refund for the fish cause it was still under the 14 day guarantee...

I can't get any fish the same color as my 2 dead ones cause it reminds me of them too much.

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I'm sorry for your loss. :( I hope you take this as a learning experience and consider doing a fishless cycle before obtaining more fish. This will make things easier for both you and your fish in the future.

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Thanks,

If I have nitrite & nitrates, that means I?m nearing the end of the cycle.

My koi & comets are doing much better then the fantails.

I got 1 fantail left, Golden Child. ? the time it bottom sits. It doesn?t know how to forage for food. It like to hide in the Anachris growth. It?s looking for its mommy.

I put in a small comet, (maybe I?ll name it Salmon, cause it has a salmon shape), with it to keep it company.

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If you're reading Nitrate number's now,you should consider your tank cycled which means ammonia and Nitrites should always be reading 0 now.If they're not,then you need to up your water changes until the readings are correct. :)

Koi are not really meant to be in a fish tank at all,and Commons should have at least 20 gallons of water per fish.What size tank are these fish in-how many do you have? :unsure: How often and how much water do you change out?

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Thanks,

If I have nitrite & nitrates, that means I?m nearing the end of the cycle.

My koi & comets are doing much better then the fantails.

I got 1 fantail left, Golden Child. ? the time it bottom sits. It doesn?t know how to forage for food. It like to hide in the Anachris growth. It?s looking for its mommy.

I put in a small comet, (maybe I?ll name it Salmon, cause it has a salmon shape), with it to keep it company.

You're nearing the end, but I can't say whether it'll be a quick end or not.

If you feel your littliest fish doesn't understand how to peck surfaces for food, you can try a little live food such as growing your own brine shrimp. Even fry understand that eating something smaller than you that's moving through the water = food, so hopefully it'll help your fishy learn to eat properly.

I'm not sure I understand the rest of your post, are you keeping all these fish in a 20-gallon tank? If so, please consider UPGRADING. Rule of thumb: 10-gallons per deep-body type & 20-gallons per common-type and 100+ -gallons per koi.

Edited by Nenn

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