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pendergast
07-11-2010, 04:54 AM
I lost my dwarf lion last week. And my hawkfish is acting off now too. hes breathing heavy and shaking his head every now and again i dont know whats wrong???

kien
07-11-2010, 05:12 AM
I lost my dwarf lion last week. And my hawkfish is acting off now too. hes breathing heavy and shaking his head every now and again i dont know whats wrong???

Head shaking is a sign of flukes, or possibly some other parasite. Check his skin for flukes (do a google and you'll see what m talking about). If you do spot flukes you should consider giving your fish a fresh water bath to temporarily alleviate his issues. The flukes could be in his gills which would not be good.. After the bath you will want to treat your tank with praziPro. Follow the directions on the bottle.

Can you take a picture so we can see what the fish looks like? We may be able to spot other possibilities. Also, what are the particulars of your tank? Size, equipment? Etc. How many and what sorts of fish? When was the last one added? Do any of them have ich ?

pendergast
07-11-2010, 05:48 AM
i will send you a picture as soon as i can the camera on my phone doesnt work that well. i cant see anything on his scales at all. Tank is a 46gal bowfront, fulval 303 canister filter with carb in it only and a psk100 protein skimmer, and Led lighting, 16lbs of LR, the last fish added was my lion and a lawmower blenny and the blenny seems to be doing fine. the lion and blenny was added about a month ago.

pendergast
07-11-2010, 05:49 AM
No ich

pendergast
07-11-2010, 06:00 AM
i realy cant see anything on him that looks off hes just breathing realy heavily

kien
07-11-2010, 06:13 AM
It sounds like we can maybe rule out ich and velvet then. Flukes can be trickier to see and can sometimes just reside in the gills. As mentioned before, do consider giving your fish a fresh water dip and keep a close eye on him during the process. If there were flukes you'll probably see them at the bottom of the bath.

pendergast
07-11-2010, 06:25 AM
ok sounds good. never done that before. u just put fresh water in a bucket and giv them a fast dip in out kind of thing or do you leave them in for abit.... not sure what i do here.

pendergast
07-11-2010, 07:25 PM
???

kien
07-11-2010, 07:33 PM
If you google "Fresh Water Dip" or Fresh Water Bath" you'll find lots of examples and explanations on how to go about doing it. The gist of it is this.

Make up a bath of RO/DI or at least de-chlorinated water and bring that bath up to the exact same temperature and pH as your display tank water. Once you have achieved this, place your fish in a colander and lower it into the bath. Observe the fish carefully for signs of severe stress like convulsions. If the fish is in severe stress take it out immediately and abort. Opinions vary, but I like to bath the for 4-5 minutes. I also like to aerate the bath water with a bubble/air stone so that oxygen doesn't deplete to critical levels.

Hope that helps and good look. Got pictures yet?

pendergast
07-11-2010, 07:58 PM
if i could get ur email adress i could send a video if it works from my black berry

pendergast
07-11-2010, 07:59 PM
his mouth is opening while hes breathing heavy too

pendergast
07-15-2010, 04:57 AM
I dont know what was wrong but hes acting normal again... i didnt do anything was setting up for a fresh water dip. but i dont think theres a need now what do you think?

Red Fish Blue Fish
07-16-2010, 03:16 PM
It's flukes. Use some Praziquantal if you can purchase some. If you find some I can tell you how to use it. Oh and you need some vodka since prazi doesnt mix well. Flukes will fall off of the host to drop eggs so there may be a period of 5-7 days of your fish being normal then the eggs will hatch and flukes appear again. So you need to use prazi..wait 5 days..repeat.