Skinny yo yo loach
I have a 55 gallon with 6 yo yo loaches that all with the exception of one seem to be doing well. I read about a "skinny" loach condition on one of the sites I researched on where it mentions parasites, but not sure if this applies to mine. I got this yo yo loach with the 2 others a few months ago and added the other 3 slowly over time. They are all very active and always eat, seem to be growing really fast. This one yo yo loach however does not follow the same behavior as any of the other ones.
Here are some of the habits / features I've noticed these past few months:
- He / she does not follow the rest of the group at all.
- When I throw down wafers, it will probably try for 2-3 seconds to take a nab but then give up as soon as another loach kicks in.
- It usually hovers near the top or middle of tank. It's got a "sleep" time during the day where it rests on the heater and seems like every day this is the normal case, then it is active evening, night, and morning.
- Body color appears well.
- It will usually eat anything that does NOT go to the bottom, so flakes or dried bloodworms. It eats frozen bloodworms as well, but I usually feed them that once every week or every other week. (Dr. G's frozen bloodworms)
My problem is that its stayed skinny for a while now and I feel like it's not growing. I feed my fish a variety of food on a daily basis ranging from algae wafers, blanched cucumbers / zuchinni, banana, peas, minced garlic to boost immune system, frozen bloodworms, dried worms, and two other different brands of high quality algae wafers. Plenty of places for them to hide as well, but I rarely see any of them ever hide. Even the skinny one that is in plain sight. I do 25-50% water changes every 4-5 days and have been good with that routine.
My pics all came out blurry because it kept moving :) so put this video recording instead.
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Last edited by phyl0x; 12-18-2013 at 03:32 PM.
Reason: specified exact type of frozen bloodworm.
I'd certainly treat it(and also the rest of the tank to be sure) with praziquantel.
I think if your treating him that would work as a little hospital tank just don't plain on making it his year round home.
Just wanted to say that she's doing much better. She does not seem anywhere as lethargic as she used to be, the snail population is thriving, and I'm thinking about just leaving her in the tank with the other platys and mollys I have in there now. I feel like putting her back with the other loaches in the bigger tank is way too intimidating for her and I never saw her socialize with them either.
55 gallon tank
Eheim 2217 Canister Filter
Aqueon 30 Power Filter
4 Clown Loaches (Only 2 inches, returning to LFS soon)
5 Yo Yo Loaches
1 Rubberlip Pleco
50% Daily Once a Week Water Changes
Now that the loach is doing better and built up some strength I think it would be best for it if you at least gave it a chance to try and join the group. You can always remove it again after a week or so if things don't work out.
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.
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