Lyretail Anthias Still Not Eating

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Found my male Lyretail under my frogspawn last Thursday night. I’ve had him and two females around 4 months. Color was gone and he wouldn’t eat, but didn’t see anything else that could be wrong. I put him in my 10 gallon hospital tank, but he still wouldn’t eat. I started Metroplex and Kanoplex.dosing according to the box (2 level scoops every 2 days), Friday night. Dosed again on Sunday night. I did a 20% water change Tuesday, and dosed again that night. Through all this I have tried LRF, soaked with Selcon and couple of drops of Kent garlic extreme and live brine shrimp and still won’t eat. Last night, there were two small white strings on the bottom of the tank beside him (poop)?and there was more of it this morning. The Seachem Ammonia Alert badge shows negative for ammonia. Other than his coloring being blotchy, I don’t see anything.


Thursday night
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‘last night (for some reason, when I upload this photo, it’s turned sideways). The right side of the pic is his reflection.
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Any suggestions? What else should I try?
 

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Could be flukes or internal parasites. Both can cause loss of color, not eating, and lethargy. Metro will kill some of the internal parasites, but not all of them. Praziquantel would take care of the other parasites that metro didn't, and it would also treat flukes. I'd consider dosing prazipro. Make sure to increase O2 by the use of a powerhead aimed up at the surface actively rippling the water at the surface.
 
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Should I stop the metroplex & kanaplex? Do a partial or complete water change before starting Prazi? How much longer do you think he can go without eating?
Im using a Hyra Bio-sponge filter. Lots of air bubbles breaking the surface. Do i need a powerhead too?
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Want to make sure I don’t mess this up. Do I need to do a water change before adding the Prazi?
Prazipro and metro can be in the water together. The second dose of prazi will require a water change before hand. And you may need water changes in between if ammonia level rises.
Live baby brine shrimp are usually great at getting plankton eaters like anthias to start eating.
 
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Thank you!
Tried the baby brine, but I’m getting some more. I’d feel better if he would eat just a little. He hasn’t eaten since last Friday. How long can they go? . He was definitely the piggy in the tank.
 

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I have heard people have great success with live white worms or black worms. The size of the worm and movement should be enough to entice your fish to at least be interested in taking a bite.
 

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Do you have a place for him to hide?
They are a really skittish fish and need lots of places to hide and feel secure. Once they feel secure they will eat.. I just in the pictures see no where for him to hide.
Most anthias are that way..
 
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Do you have a place for him to hide?
They are a really skittish fish and need lots of places to hide and feel secure. Once they feel secure they will eat.. I just in the pictures see no where for him to hide.
Most anthias are that way..
I have a 3 way piece of pvc..
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He won’t go in it, hides underneath it. I’m going to pull a piece of rock from the main tank. I know I’ll have to throw it away, but rather have him comfortable
 
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Wanted to update. The good news is he made it! The bad news is by the time he did, one of my females transitioned to male, so I brought him back to my LFS where he is still doing well great! The transitioned female and my other female started have white stringy poop. I treated the tank with Prazi and they seem to be fine now. Thanks everyone for your help! :)
 

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