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    Question Mouth open & not eating


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    I just moved one of my Black Phantom Tetras (male) to a QT, noticed yesterday that he wasn't going after food during feeding times then today when seeing the same result I decided to try frozen bloodworms. Well, he went after it several times but couldn't eat it. That's when I got out the magnifying glass and saw his mouth was wide open, no movement that I could see. Physically I don't see any other issues. Any ideas?
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    I used to have a female endler with the same problems. turns out she somehow got a piece of snail shell stuck in her mouth. after a careful extraction she was able to close her mouth, eat, etc again.
    could it be that something is stuck in his mouth and he wasnt able to dislodge it? I also had a white cloud mountain minnow that suffered a head injury and wasnt able to shut its mouth. in this case nothing could be done and euthanasia was the only option. for now until you decide what to do, try aerating the water as much as possible and drop the temperature to the minimum of the specie's tolerable limit. a fish that cannot close its mouth will have significant amounts of difficulties passing enough water over its gills.

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    i've been trying to look closely at his mouth to see if there is something stuck inside but I don't see anything... it does seem to be kind of lopsided. i'll increase the aeration as suggested and lower the temperature slowly. This is just horrible if I can't help him out. How did you extract the snail shell?
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    Well, still the same today...mouth gaping open and not eating at all. I looked and looked but see no blockage in the opening. :(
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    sorry to hear that. I had the same problems and I know how it feels when there is nothing you can do and the fish is evidently uncomfortable with its situation.
    I haven't tried but maybe when things get desperate you could try taking the fish out of the water and manually closing its mouth, in case it is "locked open" for whatever reason.
    It likely wont help you anymore but for the endler, i used one of those little tweezers that come with swiss army knives and a really strong flashlight.

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    madagascariensis, thank you...I think it's worth a try when it looks like there are no other options. I think my husband actually has one of those lights you can strap around your head for hands free work..now if I can get a pair of magnifying glasses to wear I might be able to see what I'm doing :).

    Kidding aside, I appreciate the help.
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