Well I've come to learn that now I'm over my head. These aren't rainbow sharks as he first told me, though he was guessing as he really didn't know, just thought they looked cool. After reading up on the internet, I've found that they are irridescent sharks, young at least, he bought them a week ago along with two powder blue balloon rams (found that on the internet too, lol). Their setup was clean but the sharks have indented belly's and one was laying on it's side breathing heavy.
Brought them home, this was a few days ago, set up a 10 gallon with a new filter system and have them heated at 78 degrees. Most of the info on the net says they like the water between 72-79 and they like a pH of 6.5-7.5, I've treated their water and added aquarium salt and tested their water to make sure everything was up to par.
The little one was up and lethargically mobile once in the tank instead of laying on his side but then went back to his side for about a day and a half, gulping hard, his/her tail is gone??? Could have been eaten off? I've added a dose of Para-Guard.
At one point I found him stuck up to the filter, I quickly shut it off and moved him underneath a plastic cave to keep him out of harms way. The other one was lethargic, laying often on the bottom and was really not doing well yesterday afternoon.
Then suddenly last night, we had ourselves a festivus miracle!! Both were swimming around, slowly, not like the ones I've seen online but at least they were both up and mobile! They stick around the heater, moving up and down the glass.
The only difference was that yesterday, I put bloodworms in the water hoping that maybe they would try to eat that as I read online that they will sometimes favor them. I've tried a few different types of bottom feeder type wafers and some various flakes suggested on the net but they had no interest. There is still disintegrated wafers on the bottom from this afternoon. I never see them eat but I'm guessing they ate the bloodworms?
The rams are thriving and happy from what I can tell.
Any suggestions for these guys or tips? I will be looking to rehome them to someone with a proper setup as they apparently can grow up to 3-4 feet long, all at a rapid rate when in the right conditions. I'll probably keep the rams and get them some tank mates or maybe two more ballon rams, any suggestions for them?
Thanks in advance.
Edited by foxmartini, 12 March 2012 - 10:31 PM.