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Sick German Blue Ram, Please Help
June 13, 2011
3:18 am
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z400
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We picked up 3 german Blue's last week, all 3 were doing great all week.

Went racing yesterday so we were gone all day.
Today the lights come on, im looking around and i see one of the rams laying on its side, gasping for air.

I immediatly get a bucket going, have got a sponge filter in the bucket, a small marineland heater and have treated the water with quick cure.

I just recently checked on the fella and he seems to be just barely breathing.
Laying on his side, sometimes upside down.

Anything else i can do?

June 13, 2011
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Ram passed away a little while ago.. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Going to pick up an additional 2, would like to ad 3 or 4 electric blue's as well.

July 5, 2011
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QUOTE (z400 @ Jun 13 2011, 05:33 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ram passed away a little while ago.. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Going to pick up an additional 2, would like to ad 3 or 4 electric blue's as well.

are these the first rams you've had? i have to say i love having rams but i've had the same experiences. they seem really fragile in the first week. i bought a small group and one or two of them died within a week, with no obvious symptoms. the survivors seem to do really well. i currently have 2 golden and 2 elec blue out of an original 8 that i bought about 6 months ago and these seem to be in great condition now, but with 50% mortality rate i clearly do not have a great success rate with these so my advice should be taken with that in mind.

what temp do you keep them at? they dont like being kept at less than 27 degrees C and they like the water really soft,

the best course of action is always to get a good diagnosis if this is possible for you, but most of us dont have a microscope to hand when we need one. if you had one and the fish was clearly not going to recover you could euthanase with clove oil and do gill and skin scrapes to try and identify an offending parasite. armed with this info you can make informed treatment choices that can save the rest of your fish

failing that, in general, a fish gasping suggests to me some sort of challenge to their gills which could be parasitic, e.g. flukes or costia (did you see any of them yawning?), i would tend to go for a treatment for external parasites at the first sign of yawning. once you get to the gasping stage there probably is not a lot that you can do for that individual

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