Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Outback Australia
Well, the good news is after a lot of persistence he finally started accepting the blackworms and has been eating properly for the past week.
The bad news is, he took a sudden turn for the worse today, tucked himself into the anubis clump and has been sitting there, looking sick and miserable for the entire day. He seems to be breathing heavily and otherwise appears distressed and lethargic.
Not sure what is wrong with him, or how I can help. pH, KH, and GH are all stable. The tank isn't cycled yet I don't think, so there is ammonia present, but I dose daily with a conditioner that says it detoxifies ammonia/nitrites/nitrates, no idea how effective that is though. No nitrites that I can read, and minimal nitrates detectable. I've had trouble with keeping the tank heated, and the temperature varies by up to 3 degrees Celsius from one end to the other, depending on the time of day. Heat isn't circulating effectively. Been working on a solution to the circulation problem. It's been very cold in the night too lately, down to 12 C overnight in the house. The 50watt heater is struggling to keep up with the 27C I have set.
Maybe there is something wrong with the blackworms? I've heard live blackworms can be dangerous, with freeze-dried and frozen being less so, but not without risk. I wasn't planning to use them, but then he wouldn't eat pellets.
Or maybe he's been sick from day one. He's never lost those stress stripes, if that's what he has. And the problems with him eating. Even the live insects he seemed reluctant to keep down, yet any other fish I've fed just swallows things whole without a second thought.
Maybe there is something wrong with my rain water that keeps harming my fish.