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My Green Texas (Herichthys) carpintis not eating....plz help

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 5:21 pm Post subject: My Green Texas (Herichthys) carpintis not eating....plz help Reply with quote

 Hello  guys,
 
 I  very  recently  bought  home  a  very  beautiful  Green  texas  which  i'm  housing  it  in  a  4ft  tank,this  guy  is  around  4-5"  in  length  and  has  a  solid  green/blue  coloration.  He  started  taking  in  food  from  my  hand  initially  when  i  introduced  him  to  the  tank  and  also  accepted  beef  heart......offlate  he  does  not  seem  to  be  very  interested  and  has  stopped  eating,  i  have  given  him  good  hidding  places  and  ofcourse  a  sand  substrate  which  he  keeps  digging  all  the  time  but  he  his  just  not  interested  in  the  food.  I  have  tried  BH,Shrimps,Koi  pellets.......nothing  works......  Confused  He  is  pretty  active  though  making  fun  of  all  the  other  guys  in  the  tank....any  idea's  to  make  him  hungry.    Oops
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 May  be  the  temp  would  be  a  little  low  or  he  would  be  stressed!    Are  the  stress  bars  visible?    If  so  someone  in  the  tank  would  have  possibly  threatened  him  if  not  raise  in  temp  would  help  gain  apetite.
 Sometimes  cichlids  fast  themselves  if  they've  been  previously  over-fed.
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 Hi  Vijai
 
 A  new  fish  in  tank  can  take  time  to  acclamatize,  and  avoid  food.
 
 But  in  your  case,  having  accepted  food  earlier  -  now  not  accepting  food,  digging  .....  i  sense  is  in  a  breeding  mood.  Loss  of  apetite  is  a  sign  for  breeding  response.
 
 Look  for  the  colors,  are  they  improved??  Is  there  any  other  large  chichlid  which  could  have  triggered  her  mood???  
 
 All  commented  in  my  humble  opinion.
 
 Regards
 
 Venkatesh.
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 .....then  there  is  the  option  of  adding  epsom  salt,to  clear  his  digestive  tract.Thoroughly  evaluate  all  other  factors  mentioned  by  Madhu,and  venki,then  go  in  for  this  option.Epsom  salt  is  available  at  all  medical  stores(ask  for  magnesium  sulphate)1/2  to  1/4  teaspoon  per  10  gallons.(i  have  not  used  epsom  salt  for  quite  some  time....GUYS  is  that  the  right  dose?)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:23 pm Post subject: Dieting Reply with quote

 Hi  Vijay,
                     D'ont  worry.  Maybe  your    good  looking  Texas  Chiclid  has  taken  a  fancy  for  one  of    your  other  large  chiclid.  Its  dieting  just  to  stay  in  shape.  It  will  sure  get  over  the  fad  soon  and  start  taking  food  from  your  hand.  :lol:  
 Nothing  to  worry  about.
 The  fish  can  stay  and  tolerate  very  low  temps  but  it  needs  well  oxygenated  water.  Have  you  been  able  to  distinguish  wether  its  a  male  or  female  ?
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 Raise  temperature  and  add  Rock  salt.
 
 If  this  doesnt  work  move  it  to  a  separate  tank.  Dose  400mg  of  metronidazole  (metrogyl  /  flagyl)  every  8  hours  after  25%  water  change.  The  temperature  should  be  32  degree  celsius.
 
 All  the  best.  Hope  it  starts  eating  again.
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 Yeah  trevor!
 Do  agree  with  you  and  know  its  the  cichlid  that  lives  in  the  northern  most    lattitude.    But  the  thing  is  he  took  the  texas  from  salem,  where  the  texas  was  always  in  a  temp  around  28.    But  suddenly  if  he'd  hv  put  it  in  b'lore's  18-20  then  think  it  would  have  possibly  lost  apetite.    Correct  me  if  i'm  wrong!
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 Thanks  for  all  the  advices  guys,let  me  take  my  texas  in  a  step  by  step  process.....my  name  is  Ravi  and  not  Vijay  just  in  case  guys  forgot  my  name....  Shocked
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 Hey  Ravi
 
 I  have  been  associating  oscars  with  Vijai.  Madhu  might  be  right  on  temperatures.  I  have  noticed  me  being  in  Tiruppur,  where  the  temperatures  are  slighty  cold  in  the  nights  and  geting  warmer  in  the  day.  At  about  7:30  -  8:30  in  the  morning  the  fishes  get  active  and  are  brillinat.  It  could  be  the  temperature  increase.
 
 I  also  attribute  this  to  their  responsive  system  also,  it  is  around  this  time  i  spend  my  time  with  them.  Attention  is  the  key.  If  the  fishes  understand  you  they  will  improve  remarkably.  Since  the  said  fish  is  new  and  not  in  terms  with  you  he  is  not  dispalying  improvement.
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 Hey  Ravi,
 
 Is  the  dip  in  the  temperature  due  to  the  pots  kept  in  the  tank.
 As  I  know  the  pots  tend  to  be  cooler  in  water  and  thus  decreasing  the  temperature  of  the  tank.
 As  for  the  experience  I  have  with  Texas  or  carpentine  they  are  really  shy  fish  when  kept  in  a  community  tank.  They  do  not  come  out  of  their  hidding  place  for  days  if  they  feel  threatened.  This  is  my  personal  experience.
 My  suggestion  would  be  to  stop  sudden  movement  near  the  tank  and  do  avoid  using  net.  
 Is  this  happening  after  you  changed  the  water????  Rolling Eyes
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 Yes  vijay....it  started  after  i  did  the  second  week  of  water  change...intially  when  i  introduced  him  to  the  tank  everything  seemed  alright  but  when  i  did  the  next  water  change  it  has  stopped  eating....he  is  not  quite  as  shy  as  your  carpinte  is  cause  he  always  loves  swimming  in  the  open....he  gets  erect  fins,diggs  the  sand,scrubs  himself  against  the  tinfoils.....  bottomline..hes  ACTIVE...but  wont  eat  any  food....  :evil:
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Dose  400mg  of  metronidazole  (metrogyl  /  flagyl)                

 
 Is  this  done  to  increase  the  appetite  of  the  fish.    Is  this  used  to  deworm  or  kill  bacteria  in  the  fish??????
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 Metronidazole  is  an  anti  parasite,will  eliminate  any  internal  parasites.Discus  keepers  regularly  treat  newly  acquired  specimens  as  a  preventive  measure.  It  can  be  used  in  the  same  approach  for  other  cichlids  too.Just  make  sure  its  not  just  nakhra,that  new  cichlids  sometimes  do....and  then  proceed  for  any  medications.
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 Thanks  murthy  for  your  quick  response.
 Where  do  we  get  this  and  what  is  the  amount  to  be  used???
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 hi
 
 Metronidazole  is  flagyl.  All  pharmacies  will  have  it.  If  you  ever  had  the  "runs"  in  hostels  you  will  never  forget  flagyl.  Regarding  the  dosage  ,  please  ask  the  experts.  It  is  also  used  in  the  dreaded  malawi  bloat    and  there  usually  overdosage  is  recommended  ,  as  it  is  the  last  resort  stuff.
 
 I  hope  the  GT  gets  well  soon.
 
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