Wonder if anyone can help me i have a Jack Dempsey who is about 2 years old and about 6" long he has been off his food for about a week and has had a very swollen stomach, he just goes and hides when it's feeding time up till today when i noticed he was on his side at the top of the tank and then hid in a corner of the tank between the rocks and the glass, his stomach looks massive and like it is about to pop he seems to have problems with swimming but he seems very strong still, he is no resting in a cave, he and my Texas Cichlid had sort of paired up and have dug all the stones out from behind the wood to make a den which they both sit in, the Texas is standing guard of where he is now We had a 10 hour power cut about a week and a half ago where i used a foot pump to put some air into the tank we lost 2 fish because of that not sure if that has anything to do with Jack!
The tank is 150 litres it has been set up for about 8 months i do a 25% water change ever week or so and he shares it with the Texas, a large Plec, 2 Firemouth Cichlids, a parrot fish and a Oscar and some clown Loaches
The water temperature is 25.1 c , I only have the dip strips so will read what they say but can get the fish shop to test it tomorrow if you think it would help more
GH - 180, KH -180 , PH - 6.5, NO2 - 0, NO3- 200
I feed them on Cichlid pellets, shelled peas, i use Aquasafe on the new water when i do water changes
Not sure if i have covered everything, if you need anything else just let me know...
Thanks in advance for reading this i hope i can help Jack as i will really miss him!
I did read about Clout and giving him a salt bath with Epsom salts, would this help and how do i do this i have never had to do that before? and should i remove him from the tank to treat him?