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sick female Notho
I'm not sure what's going on, but something is really wrong with my female N.
eggersi. I figured i'd try the group before just doing anything as i'm not
sure what it is. As of now, I have 2 guesses in mind. 1) Either a bacterial
infection as i've been feeding only live blackworms, or 2) she's eggbound and
not being bred by the male.
Fish: Pair of Nothobrancius eggersi Ruhoi Red
pH:I just use straight tap water that I age for atleast a few days before use,
generally pH is about 6.8. I'm adding a teaspoon of jungle aquarium salt to
every gallon of water. I've only had the fish for a week, but all the other
killies I got at the time are doing fantastic (N. rachovii, N. flammicomantis,
and N. rubripinnis). They're all being fed the same diet (live blackworms for
now) and getting the same care. No tank has a filter as i've been doing water
I just did a test of the water using the tests I have..
Symptoms: She is hanging near the surface, tail down. Seems to be breathing
normally, so I don't think it is anything with the water or low O2 content.
She is very fat (bloated). The right side of her stomach is real red, and the
left is red as well but no where near as bad as the right. I scooped her out
of the tank and she put up no fight. I looked at the bottom of her stomach
and it almost looked like she was slit open. The male is absolutely fine if
that makes any difference.
I have a small dish of fine sand because the peat wouldn't cooperate and some
plastic floating plants for cover. My idea was to do a water change and try
and get them to breed in a soda bottle (2 litre probably). I'd really
appreciate any help and if anymore info is needed, say the word and i'll
provide anything else I can think of. Thanks in advance.
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