Originally Posted by vaygirl
You're welcome. I went through the same once when Tango ate a ghost shrimp and my corydoras pellets and his own food. He spent two pathetic days resting on the heater bracket, looking pitiful.
If you think it would make him more comfy, you can slide the heater up a bit so that he can rest closer to the surface on the bracket.
Two days? and he ate a ghost shrimp (which would seem to be pretty big to me! )PLUS other food?
I've had about an hour+of this and I'm exhausted!
I don't know how you did it!
I did slide the heater bracket up (thanks for the suggestion!)- had to slide it back down (surprised him!- he tried to move over it like before, and he decided it was too high, so I slid it back down a little).
I also found an extra suction cup with a tube sticking out from the filter (had it just hanging it in the tank) and I moved it over to the corner (near the thermometer) so it makes a little 'area of support' for him. He did visit it (when visiting me sitting near by). (He is CRAZY personable- he just always wants to see what's going on outside the tank, whether it be human/beagle/terrier! lol).
He also has a betta leaf (still tweaking the height on it- he's small for a betta), a betta log (likes to lay between the glass and the outer curve of the log), the suction cup corner, and the heater bracket (& also hangs behind the filter).
It's still unsettling because this is unusual behavior for him, but he did have an impressive poop (with more to come, as he looks like a pretty plump dumpling still!).
He is 'stabbing' at the surface somewhat- can't tell if he's trying to breathe, make bubbles, find food (that is not there).
His swimming is more rapid/jerky/angry than normal, but he does seem much better!
Am hoping that the 'tincture of time ' (plus fasting, plus a more knowledgeable caterer
) will help him get back to normal!
Should I add aquarium salt? (none so far, do have it on hand, along with Epsom salts).
Would a tea bag in the filter be helpful?- have black tea & green tea & white tea available (though I have to check to ensure decaf).
Thanks so very much for hanging in there with us- SO VERY APPRECIATED!!