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  1. Unhappy Gar acting weird please help


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    Hey my Gar has been acting weird lately. Three days ago while i was feeding my fish, i looked over and saw him on his back spazzing out! I was so scared and didn't know what to do, so i just grabbed my net and flipped him back over and waited. He corrected himself after a few minutes and resumed eating. I thought he choked on a big piece of shrimp, so i started cutting the shrimps in smaller pieces. Tonight when i fed him some shrimp, he went for it but missed and ended up on his back again, but this time he was calm. I flipped him over again and he was ok after a minute or so. Later on during the same feeding, he almost flipped over again going for another piece! But he released the shrimp instead and corrected himself. He has been more lazy than usual (not crashed, just lazy) and is eating a bit less. Not too much less, but noticeable.

    What do you think all this could be? Please help me as i love my gar very much and i want to do everything i can to help him. Thanks a bunch.
    135 gallon:
    Florida Gar 1 - 8.5 inches
    Florida Gar 2 - 6 inches
    Ornate Bichir 6 inches
    Senegal Bichir 8 inches
    Del Hezi Bichir 5 inches
    Endli Bichir 5 inches
    Palmas Bichir 8.5 inches
    Rope Fish 10 inches

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    I'll start by saying that I'm not comfortable with that number of fish of that size in a 135 gallon tank. Besides that though, does the fish have any overt signs of injury?
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

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    You might want to look into a swim bladder problem. I'm not sure on the symptoms, but this link will help you figure out if it's possibly the cause maybe. I would want the best for my gar too! Best of luck with him.

    http://www.petfish.net/articles/Bett...dder_betta.php
    Thar she blows!!!

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    No signs of Injury.. Thanks Crispy
    135 gallon:
    Florida Gar 1 - 8.5 inches
    Florida Gar 2 - 6 inches
    Ornate Bichir 6 inches
    Senegal Bichir 8 inches
    Del Hezi Bichir 5 inches
    Endli Bichir 5 inches
    Palmas Bichir 8.5 inches
    Rope Fish 10 inches

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    Now he is crashed... He cant really swim straight anymore. He tips to the sides. Should i quarantine him?
    135 gallon:
    Florida Gar 1 - 8.5 inches
    Florida Gar 2 - 6 inches
    Ornate Bichir 6 inches
    Senegal Bichir 8 inches
    Del Hezi Bichir 5 inches
    Endli Bichir 5 inches
    Palmas Bichir 8.5 inches
    Rope Fish 10 inches

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    I would. That's just me though.
    the statement below is false
    the statement above is true
    which one is true?
    Got a small tank? Check out Fishalicious' small fish list! http://fishaliciousfish.blogspot.com...-for-nano.html
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    Spinal injury is the first thing that comes to my mind. Small gar + large tank = spinal injury in so many cases. I would need some dorsal and lateral pics of the fish to confirm...or even a video. This is why I always say "raise small gars in smaller tanks". Gars are one of the few cases where you can actually give them too much room.

    A swim bladder infection is also a strong possibility. Either way the prognosis isn't very possitive.

    I hope the fish pulls through for you! Keep us updated.

    p.s. sorry for the late reply. I was away for the holidays and just got your pm today.
    Last edited by Demjor19; 01-03-2010 at 03:25 PM.
    -Jordan
    Gar connaisseur

    Predatory Tank:
    20" Tropical Gar, 18" Florida Gar, 20" Longnose Gar,
    17" Ornate Bichir, 25" Silver Arowana, 16" Bowfin, 15" Giant Gourami

    16" Male Dovii

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    Its ok. He is no longer with me though.. He's buried in my front yard.

    Thanks everyone for your help.
    135 gallon:
    Florida Gar 1 - 8.5 inches
    Florida Gar 2 - 6 inches
    Ornate Bichir 6 inches
    Senegal Bichir 8 inches
    Del Hezi Bichir 5 inches
    Endli Bichir 5 inches
    Palmas Bichir 8.5 inches
    Rope Fish 10 inches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennlfer
    Its ok. He is no longer with me though.. He's buried in my front yard.

    Thanks everyone for your help.
    Sorry to hear that.
    -Jordan
    Gar connaisseur

    Predatory Tank:
    20" Tropical Gar, 18" Florida Gar, 20" Longnose Gar,
    17" Ornate Bichir, 25" Silver Arowana, 16" Bowfin, 15" Giant Gourami

    16" Male Dovii

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