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    HELP PLEASE: 7" Clown Loach laying on side, breathing but not moving!

    Discussion in 'Loaches' started by 888fish, Dec 15, 2010.

    1. 888fish

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      Came home to my 7" Clown Loach lying on its side, breathing, slight twitching of caudal fin. NOT Swimming, like its paralyzed!

      Temp: 80 degrees
      SLIGHT ick issue with Datnoids, not affecting loaches so tank has about 1 TSP salt per 5 gallons of water for 6 days now.
      Changed 60% of water last night, and placed in new salt to maintain concentration.

      Remaining 5 large loaches seem just fine right now, as well as other fish. ICK seems to be clearing up to almost none.

      The 7" loach looks healthy and fat, no ICK spots, but severe state of paralysis.
      I am currently bumping the temp to 82 degrees.
      Should I place it in a hospital tank? Did it crash itself into the tank and into a state of paralysis?
       
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      clown loaches are well known for laying on their sides in tanks, not moving ... is this what is going on, or is it more serious than that?
       
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      My loaches all do it. Its how they chill out. Don't worry. Freaked my out my first time. I tapped the tank and he perked up and looked at me like wtf man? Lol its funny.
       
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      Even my little yoyo loaches do this. Freaks you out at first! The biggest one, stays laying on the filter intake (as if he were a dead fish stuck to the intake) but I think he's just lazy, and doesn't want to hold himself afloat.
       
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      If he isnt just being a silly loach, try moving him to a tank without salt and see if that helps.
       
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      Oh, that's another thing. Clowns are sensitive to salt, and also salt reduces the amount of available oxygen in the water, so keep that in mind as well when using salt. I always add a powerhead or air stone when treating with salt, to increase the surface of the water that comes in contact with the air.
       
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      Yes... I've noticed with tanks I've treated with salt in the past my loaches have become really inactive. That's one of the reasons I usually don't treat anything with salt anymore. If you think it's an oxygen issue, try a methylene blue dip before you switch him in to a tank without salt.
       
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      Is this what he is doing. It is totaly normal. They are just cute little guys with great personalities.
       
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      Looks like normal behavior to me.
       
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      that is how they usually chill out or sleep
       

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