I fed them their normal meal of 4 pellets each, and tonight I come in to find that Jack, the chronic tail biter, is having some problems. He can't seem to stay upright in the water, and his right eye is swolen. The eye may have been like this all day, I just didn't look close enough this morning because I was in a hurry. But now he has to put out a constant effort to stay even in the water. When he stops struggling he slowly floats sideways, always so his right side(the side with the enlarged eye) is facing up. He also seems stuck at the top of the tank, he tries to swim down and bounces right back up again like somebody trying to force an air filled balloon under water.
I feel like such a horrible and irresponsible owner. As soon as I can tomorrow, I'm going to buy another tank to seperate these guys (if poor Jack even survives) so nothing like this will ever happen again.
Main tank water stats:
Ammonia:.5ppm (yikes thats high, I know I really need to test more often)
Nitrate: somewhere from 40 to 80ppm (the colors on the chart look exactly the same.) My tap water has naturally high nitrates (it's well water, but we don't use fertilizer or anything) I try to get water from friends houses when I can to help lower the nitrate level, but it's a bit wierd carrying around gallon jugs and asking people to take home their water...
I have been reading stuff about swim bladder issues making them go sideways like this, but would that have anything to do with their fight? Please, i just want to know peoples theories about what is wrong with him - and more importantly, is there a way to help him?
I have been treating it as if it was only swim bladder so far, I moved him to a seperate, clean one gallon bowl. Maybe eating after the stress of the fight gave him constipation? I'm not going to feed him for a few days, and then give him a pea. Some sites reccommended adding marine salt, but I don't want to do anything drastic so I haven't done that yet.
Isolation tank water stats:
Nitrate: 40-80 ppm, like I said above its difficult to tell
Here is a video of what he looked like when i first saw him. Sorry for the awful quality, my nice camera is dead at the moment, and I don't want to turn the tank light on because that gets them excited for food and I wanted to get him acting 'normally'.
Edited by dawnpaw, 16 August 2012 - 01:53 AM.