Thread: EBJD emergency!
02-21-2013, 02:27 AM #1
So I have an EBJD which I purchased 5 days ago and I have been unable to get him to eat. He swims around the tank quite happy (or so it appears) and seems settled in, but just does not seem interested in food. I am feeding him the same as he was getting in the shop but he still just ignored it. I've also tried bloodworms and beefheart but to no avail.
It wouldn't be so much of an issue except I'm going away for 4 days tomorrow and I'm concerned that not eating for 4 days when he's already had nothing for another 5 will be enough to do him in. I have a friend who will take him off my hands, and that way he'll at least have the opportunity to be fed. But at the same time the reason he's not eating (I assume) is sulking from being moved and I'm not sure if moving him again would just make it worse.
02-21-2013, 02:31 AM #2
Safe assumption is that your parameters are all perfect (like your other tanks)
so i would say it is stress too. could you leave some food in overnight and see if he'll get brave when the lights go dark to nibble?
When I first bought my krib, she did that for the first few days, shy'd away from everything, but now she's active an attacks the food quickly!
02-21-2013, 02:48 AM #3
02-21-2013, 03:17 AM #4
Yes params are good, water is crystal. I even tried a large water change yesterday to see if that was the boost he needed. I considered leaving food but I didn't want to rot the water. He's starting to look skinny now. I'd love to deworm him to see if that helps but I can't find wormer for fish ANYWHERE here.
Aeon, he's about 3inches or just under (I'm terrible at estimating fish size). I watched him at the LFS for at least a week before I bought him. My friend brought an EBJD the same day as me from a different store and his just died after refusing to eat since he got it. His was a lot smaller than mine though.
02-21-2013, 03:51 AM #5
Unfortunately this can be a big problem with this fish due to how they are bred. The line breeding needed to get the "electric blue" coloration also causes internal defects in most of the offspring. He might be moody or it might be an internal problem causing him to go off his food. There is nothing much you can do but wait it out and see which problem you are dealing with. I would get someone to come in and feed him while you are gone and hopefully he will start eating soon. Good luck with him.If it's called tourist season why can't I shoot them?
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02-21-2013, 04:02 AM #6
Hi Mommy -- thanks for the info. I hope my guy pulls through. Are you aware of any type of food which may improve his appetite or digestion, or something which may be easier on his stomach? Or is it all about the same.