I got a new guy earlier today from the LFS. The stock was really clean and their cups were actually about 3-4 cups of water. There were a little debris in his cup due to we got there just as they opened and didn't have time to clean. So anyways, he rode home in my BF's pick up which is a little bouncy and the drive home took roughly 40 mins. (we live outside of a small town that is a long drive from a town slightly larger) So he got swished around in his cup some, poor guy. I know he was stressed. Now he is doing something that worries me, but puzzles me.
Tank size: 1gal QT
New water with the proper water conditioner this morning prior to picking him up
He tried to eat a half of a pellet (he's rather pretty young)
I know the norm, needs time to adjust, etc. But this to me doesn't seem quite the "norm".
Staying at the very top, sometimes tips slightly to the side.
Struggles to swim down, made it once to the bottom and stood on his head and floated back up backwards.
I tried to move him with the end of a net, gently touching him with it and moving him slightly. He tried his little heart out to swim away poor guy. So I stopped (only lasted all of 5 seconds) and he pretty much "popped" back to the top of the water and stayed there. He's scared and I don't think he wants to be there, and he definitely doesn't want to be chased.
So that is why I believe there is something off about him.
He shows the signs of SBD in terms of his swimming.. but he is not bloated the slightest. He is a healthy size/weight for his age.
Could he have SBD and not be bloated in the belly? Could this be some form of shock? It has been 7.5hrs since he has been home and when I tested his swimming. He doesn't show any other sign of any other illness, his coloring pale to being stressed. I did see faint stress stripes a bit ago. His light is off on the tank. I have not lowered water because he is at the top constantly.
Should I do the SBD treatment with Epsom just in case? Or AQ or just leave him and watch. I don't want to medicate unless needed. Thanks for any info in advance.