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Old 06-01-2012, 04:12 PM   #1 
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Update: I think Crusoe will die if I don't figure this out soon

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Crusoe has been acting strange. I have had him for about 2 weeks and he was very healthy when I took him home. He was even making a bubble nest on his first night and had no problem adjusting to his new 5 gallon home. His Elite brand heater and Tom Mini sponge filter arrived in the mail and I rinsed them and placed them into the tank. Although Crusoe flared at the filter for a long time, I figured once he got used to it there would be no problems.

However, over the next few days he has begun acting sick. The filter has been in his tank for about 3 days now. He began to swim strange, with sudden turns. He retained his appetite and acted mostly the same but was less interactive. His pectoral fins began to appear clamped and by yesterday his anal, dorsal, and tail have all clamped. He began hiding in his log and not coming out, even if the lid was opened. He stopped going after his food, although he will attempt to eat. His food won't stay in his mouth any more and he won't even make an effort to go after it as of now.

How he is now:

I bought a QT and placed him inside. I don't know how large it is in terms of gallons but it is a small Kritter Keeper. I have placed fresh, conditioned, water in and nothing else. He has only a thermometer to watch the temperature and a light on top. He is very lethargic and will sometimes stop swimming. He is still willing to move on his own on occasion and flare at his reflection. I have taken a video, please view and give me your opinion.

His current water temperature is 75 degrees F but I am raising it. He has been moving around a little bit more since the video was taken but is mostly acting the same. Please help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RFb3...ature=youtu.be
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:20 PM   #2 
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Hmm, I don't see anything.. he looks healthy, good breathing, not having too much trouble swimming except..
How long has he been in the QT? Do you think the filter tired him out? Is he still not eating? Any poop?
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:24 PM   #3 
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Could the tank be trying to cycle? The ammonia/nitrite spikes could be hurting him if so.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:28 PM   #4 
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This morning he had 0ppm in ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. He just keeps sitting and floating like he was at the end of the video. This was his behavior in his large tank as well. He has only been in QT for about 2 hours now. He has begun moving around more and being less clamped but he will not eat. Actually, he is moving around a lot more and this may be what he needed. However, I am afraid of placing him back into his normal tank even after a 100% water change. If there was something on the filter, how do I fix it?
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Also, he was pooping earlier but none as of yet in his QT.
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I think the filter may have tired him out. We have a sticky on how to make a filter baffle on here somewhere, just need a water bottle/sponge and some string I think.
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There is nothing wrong with the filter. It barely makes any current, which is why I got it. I was recommended this filter by someone because it did not need to be baffled and it does not bother him while he swims.
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Hmm, then I'm stumped if parameters are good and the filter is fine, but he's feeling better in QT.
What sort of stuff is in the main tank?
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He still won't eat though, which worries me.

He has gravel, two rocks, a log decoration that he hides in with fake plants on it, and three clear plastic aquarium rocks in various shapes. He also has a thermometer that is now in the QT. All of those have been previously used and were cleaned before being placed in the tank and he has had no problem until the filter and heater entered.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:18 PM   #10 
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I am getting even more worried now. He has stopped swimming around, still won't eat, and sits along the back wall breathing slowly with very clamped everything. His temperature is now at 78 degrees. I don't know what to do. I really need help. Please, anyone... I need to save him from whatever this is and any help is appreciated!
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