View Full Version : Help! Sick peacock!

10-10-2014, 06:07 PM
Upon waking this morning, my peacock looked like this. Fins slightly feathered and some spots on scales that look like he was picked on. Very lethargic, I moved him to his own tank. When I got home a few minutes ago I checked the levels in the tank he came from. Slightly elevated nitrates & nitrites. I did a water change, none of the other fish are acting differently at this point. His fins are still feathered & now scales are turning white through his mid section. He's still swimming vertically but seems more active. I've never had an ill fish. Please advise.http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/10/17436e8695d687d39e3b306867d652d8.jpg

10-10-2014, 06:16 PM
Has it been eating? The belly looks a bit on the sunken side...

10-10-2014, 10:38 PM
Agreed, could be internal parasites or a dominant fish that wouldn't let him eat. Give clean water, salt to prevent fungus, and maybe Prazi-Pro or metro in food.

10-11-2014, 07:45 AM
Thank you for his responses, I wasn't able to save him. Very disappointed, he's been my favorite since I got him. Igster, he ate every morning until yesterday when he was swimming vertically. I removed him immediately. Sad day.

10-11-2014, 10:45 AM
I'm sorry about your loss. Given the sunken belly, either your fish did not eat well enough and / or had a parasite. What food did you give him? As an FYI, I give garlic and spirulina flakes to omnivorous fish every other day. What substrate do you have? Peacocks like sand and what is your water hardness? Seems that you have pebbles in your tank, which would not promote to harder water.

10-11-2014, 06:43 PM
They get hikari cichlid gold pellets & blood worms twice a week. The tank he's been in has crushed coral, I put him in the other tank as it only had a couple of algae eaters in it. My water hardness is "moderate".

10-11-2014, 07:00 PM
Could be a parasite or a blockage. Do any other fish look skinny?

10-12-2014, 07:44 AM
No, the others are all fine still.

10-13-2014, 03:18 PM
I would go ahead and order some sort of anti-parasite food to have on hand just in case. If its not an isolated case, you will see another fish get skinny and die in a few months. Go easy on the worms, they can cause a blockage that will kill a fish in a week or so and cross your fingers that that was all it was.

10-13-2014, 07:31 PM
Thanks for.everything!