5 years ago #1
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My Angel fish keeps laying on her side at the bottom of the tank. (last 3 days) She is 2. I have tested the water and the Nitrates etc are all spot on. I did a partial 25% water change a week ago. Every so often she will swim off quite normally round the tank and then just sit then lay on the bottom again? She looks in perfect health and all the other fish are fine. Tank is 4ft x 3ft x 2ft. Is there anything I can do to help her please?
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5 years ago #2
johnarthur
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Did you check for ammonia? Is the water temperature around 82 degrees?

Angelfish can be sensitive to water parameters, and if their environment is not close to ideal they will suffer long term health effects. Unfortunately, symptoms tend to appear after the disease has made too much progress. If the angelfish appears to be bloated, you can try feeding a laxative like peas. Blanch then peal a couple of fresh or frozen ones, and see if the angelfish will eat them. You may also want to gradually raise the aquarium temperature a few degrees; it will speed the fish's metabolism. Also be sure to do partial water changes at least once a week.

Please let me know if some of these ideas help.

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5 years ago #3
Carly
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Hello and thankyou for answering. My water is 100% all tested. Temp is spot on also. I have now added Myxazin in the hope it may be something like Swim Bladder or bacterial. She is still alive, laying propped up against a plant. Breathing normally and NO sign of any fungal or other infections on her body at all. Going to do the Myxazin for 5 days and hope for the best! All the other fish including 2 other (Large)Angels are doing fine. I am a Palliative Nurse so this is really frustrating!!

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5 years ago #4
johnarthur
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You may want to isolate the sick fish rather than medicating the entire aquarium. You probably already know this, but an activated charcoal filter element removes some types of medications. Please keep me posted.

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5 years ago #5
Carly
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I'm afraid things have gone from bad to worse today. I have lost 20 fish now. The Angel remains unchanged! ALL my Tetras have died and are still doing so as I speak. I took some water down to Maidenhead Aquatics and the tests were fine. My temperature is 26.5 and I have now removed all the plants and did a 1/2 tank water change this morning.
I have a specialist chap coming out tomorrow because there is something horribly wrong here and it is breaking my heart to see. What on earth is it???

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5 years ago #6
johnarthur
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Do you know what sort of water tests were conducted? At the very least, you should buy an inexpensive ammonia test kit. If ammonia is not zero, you've found the problem. Ammonia is toxic and is produced by fish respiration and digestion, uneaten food and decaying plant matter. It is especially bad if the aquarium is over crowded, if the fish are over fed, or if it's been too long since a partial water change. The presence of toxins like ammonia or nitrite destroys the fish's immune systems and allows diseases and parasites to take over.

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5 years ago #7
carly
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Ammonia! It's not on my test kit! I am off to get a kit right now and an antidote if I can as the Fish Man is not due till the afternoon and they are still dying!
Will keep you informed.

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5 years ago #8
johnarthur
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Good luck, and please do keep us informed.

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5 years ago #9
Carly
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Oh dear....It was all my fault apparantly..My 2 filters (one was not powerful enough) I had inadvertantly placed them too low in the water the last few water changes and they became inneffective..my fish died through too low Oxygen in the water. I lost 31....The Angel, believe it or not is STILL alive!...still swims a bit then lays on the bottom! My mistake cost me nearly £200 this weekend..but hey...my tank looks fab again, if a bit sparse and I have learned a valuable lesson!

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5 years ago #10
johnarthur
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That hurts, but lots of us make mistakes. My latest one was a stuck thermostat that let an aquarium get up to 110 before i noticed. That's half way to the boiling point so it's close to 50C.

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4 years ago #11
Danni
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you are only meant to do a 10% water change. changing half the water in a tank causes too much stress on the fish while you are sorting out the right levels in your tank.

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4 years ago #12
Megham
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Sorry to hear of you losses. I lost my favorite angel that way. A little pump I had putting oxygen in the tank failed and the poor guy didn't make it. The others in the tank were struggling too, but I was able to save them.

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4 years ago #13
stumarlow87
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hi ere sorry to here ur loss. just wondering if they all had a specialist. because u mentioned maidenhead aqautics. because theres one near to me.

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