Unhealthy Lapradei Bichir

6erikar9

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Hey guys, I recently purchased a Lapradei bichir from my LFS. It is severely underweight, but eating. I've had it for two days but it is breathing extremely awkwardly, and I have kept multiple bichirs to raise them up but I have never had one like this. My params are all normal, PH 7.4, temp is 79F, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 10 nitrate, and the tank has been established for two months, the material itself for five.

The bichir has eaten 3 small bloodworms, and 4 very small tilapia chunks. When it breathes, it holds its mouth open, takes a big gulp, then holds it, and repeats. Almost as if it was gasping for air. It will also puff out its throat, and huff, comparable to what a male frog would do. To add, this guy had both of its pectoral fins nipped off at the fish store, so I bet stress is a factor, but I am pretty worried as I have never seen this behavior outside of certain reptiles and amphibians. Should I be concerned?
 

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Wouldn’t be concerned just yet. Keep the water clean and it’ll settle down. Good thing it’s eating. It’ll put on some size.
 
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6erikar9

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Wouldn’t be concerned just yet. Keep the water clean and it’ll settle down. Good thing it’s eating. It’ll put on some size.
Thank you, I'm super worried about this fish but I'll keep doing what I'm doing.
 
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It now has a bloody anus and is laying on its side. I don't think there's anything I can do anymore.
 

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Wow. That was quick. Sorry to hear.
 

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Wow. That was quick. Sorry to hear.
It definitely has some internal bleeding I think, there's a big red spot right on his side.

edit: should i be worried about this spreading to my other bichirs?
 
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It definitely has some internal bleeding I think, there's a big red spot right on his side.

edit: should i be worried about this spreading to my other bichirs?
It could be bloat vs septicemia. Shouldn’t spread but don’t know the exact cause. Can add some kanamycin if u can get it and see if it can recover.
 

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Can you post a vid or some pics ?
 
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