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Puntius Rhomboocellatus
April 30, 2008
12:41 am
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Hi all, new to the group and have a question. I've been checking out some new Rhombo Barbs at the LFS for the last couple of weeks. They really look great and I've never seen them before. I bought nine a few days ago for a 29 gal. that I had cycled. They were kind of shy at first but are really full of personality and look awesome. Since I got them I noticed one was kind of "off" in color. But tonight I was watching them and noticed the "off" one was acting timid. He is not as active as the others but reacts with the others when I place my hand in the tank. If I can take a picture and show how he looks it might also help. Basically he looks placid and maybe it my eyesight but it seems his scales are more pronouced, as if he might be too thin and his scales are showing more?
To be on the safe side, I moved him to my hospital tank. I'm not really sure what to do, I payed a good amount for these guys and don't want risking losing the group. I put a small dose of melafix and primafix in the tank because I find the stuff pretty easy on the fish and it probably will not hurt.
I can't say I have a lot of esperience with these type of fish (Barbs?), I keep quite a few different species but not these type. I'm not even certain what are the common illness are for these type? I know its not ick or a fungus. It has not been injured.
Anyway, I'll keep him in the hospital tank for awhile and see's what happens!

Cheers,
Tony

April 30, 2008
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Hi Tony, welcome to the site. Do the scales of the fish in question appear to be "raised up" away from the body at all? Great choice by the way, P. rhomboocellatus must be one of the most beautiful small barbs. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

Cake or death?
April 30, 2008
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welcome.
i had these barbs years ago and have never seen them since. they are indeed a stunning little fish.
all i can think of is perhaps he wasn't well when you got him.
there are all sorts of reasons he may be the way he is, from not settling into the new environment to an internal disease. hard to say what it might be. i think melafix/pimafix was a good call. i to like to use it on all new fish.
but as to treatment, i think a waiting game is the best. is he feeding. try him with live bloodworm and some daphnia, see if this helps him gain weight.
sorry i can't be more help.

April 30, 2008
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Thanks for the replies! It does seem the scales could be protruding a bit?
This morning he looks active in the hospital tank and is accepting food. I think I will have to wait and see how he does. I will continue to treat him with melafix/primafix for a couple of more days. Does anyone think the addition of salt would be beneficial?

Thanks again,
Tony

April 30, 2008
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If you're already dosing with the chemical medications I'd hold off on the salt. Having said that I never use salt except in my brackish tanks. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> Keith?

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May 1, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Apr 30 2008, 12:56 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you're already dosing with the chemical medications I'd hold off on the salt. Having said that I never use salt except in my brackish tanks. : /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> Keith?


LOL. i know i know.
all i can say is many experts suggest it helps maintain osmotic balance in fish not feeling 100%. so i only dose if i have a problem.
personally i would add salt, IMO, it can't do any harm.
i also note that a lot of wholesalers use tonic salt in their holding tanks. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" />

May 1, 2008
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Haha yeah salt is one of those things that some people absolutely swear by, which of course is no bad thing if it works. How is the little fella looking today Tony?

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May 1, 2008
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Well good news! I put the "little fella" back in with his brothers and sisiters. He looks 100% better. He is active and feeding. He has darken up in color nicely and I think he should be okay.
I'll post some pictures as soon as I can snap some good ones.
By the way, I did not add any salt. Had he not been improving, I probably would have changed out the water in the hospital tank and then dosed lightly with salt. Who knows if it would of helped?

Thanks for the replies!

Regards,
Tony

May 1, 2008
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Great stuff. Looking forward to the pics!

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May 1, 2008
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I snapped these kind of quickly. I'm still brushing up on my skills as a photographer. To much flash glare!

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Georgeous fish though!!!!!!!!!!!!

edited: bottom photo is a little better

May 1, 2008
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They do look amazing. Very nice fish /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 2, 2008
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wow, they are fab fish. glad he is better.

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