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Old 05-16-2017, 9:33 PM   #1
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Square Spot swimming slightly head down

A couple days ago, my male square spot anthias started swimming slightly head down and stopped eating. Before this, he ate like a pig. He still has lots of strength but I fear not for long if he does not start eating soon. I've had him for months so I do not think it is related to acclimation. I doubt I can catch him out of the display until he gets much weaker and slower.

Anyone have ideas what I can do?

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A bit of good news and bad today, he started eating again! Not nearly as aggressively as before but a few morsels of Mysis! Bad news is he is still swimming slightly head down and is starting to show one telltale sign of weakening, slight depression on the forehead. I'll start dual 1/2 dose feedings of the tank starting tomorrow and watch how he eats.

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A bit of good news and bad today, he started eating again! Not nearly as aggressively as before but a few morsels of Mysis! Bad news is he is still swimming slightly head down and is starting to show one telltale sign of weakening, slight depression on the forehead. I'll start dual 1/2 dose feedings of the tank starting tomorrow and watch how he eats.
Have you ever dewormed him? Id think about getting a wormer med with fenbendazole or dosing prazipro.

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Have you ever dewormed him? Id think about getting a wormer med with fenbendazole or dosing prazipro.
I have not and should have before introducing him into the tank. Is there any food I can feed him that is a good de-wormer?

He is back to swimming and eating normally. I suspect he swallowed some air when pulling in surface floating pellets. That or he had an infection that he fought off.

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