May 22, 2009
As the subject says, my M. ramirezi have sunken in midsections, like they are starving. They are both very active and the male appears to be somewhat better, but my female has a serious concave stomach area. I have physically seen them eat three days in a row (and they ate ALOT), but the female appears no better and the male doesn't seem to be getting larger or smaller in the waist.
I have been feeding them Tetra Color, because that was recommended to me when I purchased them. However, I was concerned it did not provide the amount of protein they needed once I noticed this problem, so I went to the store and bought blood worms as well as white mosquito larva.
Is it possible that it is the food, or could it be internal parasites? Stress from a new home? Though, the way they are eating and I have seen both of them defecate, I have a hard time believing it is stress.
Also, I read internal parasites are kind of a "hell if I know" way to explain a problem in fish and that it's difficult for fish to become infected with internal parasites, is this true?
The rest of the fish in the tank are slightly overweight now, because I have been over-compensating for the rams. However, I will no longer be doing this with the change in food. So the other fish do not appear to be affected at all, I have rummy nose tetras, khulie loaches and a couple platys in with them as it stands.
Any insight or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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