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Thread: I need help for my Jack Dempsey
06-10-2013, 08:42 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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I need help for my Jack Dempsey
Due to my sudden and unexpected illness, the care of my 7 inch Jack Dempsey was turned-over to someone who knew nothing about Jack's care except feeding. Several days after my return from the hospital, I found that Jack wasn't eating. A quick water check indicated extremely high nitrate levels. Over the week, I've directed several water changes and substrate cleanings and finally have the water back to acceptable readings for everything. The problem is Jack still won' t eat ! I'm wondering what else I can do as I am afraid I'm going to lose him. I've offered him his regular food, flakes, and even live feeder fish. I'm noticing some dull charcoal-colored patches on his sides. Does anyone have some suggestions?
06-10-2013, 08:53 PM #2
glad you are doing better. few questions to help us help you:
other fish in tank?
water parameters? (specific #'s please)
anything you can get from what your friend did would help-(how often they fed, change water, clean filters, did they dechlorinate the water, etc.)
also a picture would be ideal
06-10-2013, 09:47 PM #3
Methylene blue bath for 30 minutes. In a quarantine tank or plastic container, add 1ml of methylene blue per gallon (you'll have to get a pipette from the pharmacy if you don't already have one). Be sure sure that the water has been dechlorinated for at least 30 minutes before adding the methylene blue, and that there is an airstone in the bath. Methylene blue stains so be careful about handling it and the surrounding area.
This will help in case the fish has experience ammonia or nitrite poisoning.