So my CT hasn't been eating and has been sort of lethargic. Today, when I woke up, he ha moments where he was just sitting at the top of the tank not moving, even when I lightly tapped the tank or put my finger right in front of him. When I open the lid, though, he gets spooked from the water dripping off of it.
I finally got him to eat two pellets today, but now it seems like he is jumping out of the water for air? He kind of sits vertically near the surface just looking at it and he also tries to swim backwards a lot. Not sure if that's normal?
His tank is 5 gallons, 78 degrees, nitrites and ammonia are at 0 and nitrates are at 5 (just tested a few minutes ago). I have been fish-in cycling the tank. Do you think maybe there was an ammonia or nitrite spike that I didn't catch that caused this? I've been doing at least 2 50% changes a week, sometimes 3 when needed.
It scares me when he is lethargic because sometimes I think he's dead. Like I said, he has some moments when he is totally unresponsive.. I've had him now for about a month and use prime as the conditioner and now am also using stress coat.
Edit: he also seems like some of his fin rays have been broken off? Maybe I'm just paranoid. And my VT is recovering from internal parasites right now if that makes a difference (their symptoms are like, opposites, though). I'll get pictures after work!