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 Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?

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PostSubject: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:22 am

Hey guys,

Well most of my lfmbn are looking great. Some are even clearly boys, with larger bodies and boof heads, with the classic bristles.
However, a few of them in the communal tank seem underweight. Skinny. A little sunken in. 'prepubescent' as such.
Same spawn, same conditions.

Not getting enough food?
Worms?


I alternate between 'Prestige Carnivore Pellets' 'Prestige Spirulina Algae Wafers' and 'Wardley Shrimp pellets'
I also give them frozen bloodworm once every 2wks and zucchinni once a week, as well as spinach or lettuce about once every week too.
Maybe i haven't fed enough. I cant tell you how much i feed- i just throw it in and see how long it lasts. All gone by the next morning. Maybe 4 algae wafers, or 8-10 shrimp pellets, or 5-6 carnivore pellets.
I had some small hydra start up 2mths back so i tried not to feed too much. They appear gone atm. I also feed a large pinch of 'Spectrum small fish' or 'Spectrum Grow' to the fish.

There are ~8 adult harlequin rasboras, ~15 adult rummynose, 4 glowlight tetras, ~ 6 juvenile corys, ~100 cherry shrimp of various ages, 1x 7cm albn, 2x 5-6cm cnb, and the 6x 5-6cm lfmbn (of which 4 seem fat and healthy)

4ftx2ftx2ft. Anubias on driftwood, crypts, hairgrass, java moss, flame moss, fissidens, java fern, windelov java,
Temp 25-26celsius. Fluval FX5 with noodles and foam filterblocks. PH 7.2, KH 5, Nitrite 0, GH 7.
Plants and other fish are flourishing and the cherry shrimp are breeding and thriving (albeit a few losses from fish eating babies)

Am i right in thinking im underfeeding?
Or could it be something else?
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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:23 am

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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:48 am

Doesn't sound like your underfeeding them, my guess would be worms. I'd put them in a quarantine tank with some cucumber and treat for worms

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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:48 am

moved to the pleco hospital

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their diet seems very heavy with protein. might be an issue tho it normally leads to bloat, not sunken stomach. I would go with Kfenks plan, and treat with a wormer Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:04 pm

I'd agree with both the previous posts about the use of a wormer. I 'd also only feed the carnivore or shrimp pellets once a week and add more veg to their diet.

When feeding the infected fish try rubbing the veg with garlic or using a garlic extract, the use of garlic can be very pro active when treating for worms.

There is alist of veg suitable for BN's HERE

Good luck with the treatment.
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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:43 am

Thanks guys, I will up their veggies from now on!

What's the best wormer for bn?
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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:04 am

Big L pig and poultry wormer is what i use Smile good stuff!!

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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:11 pm

If it's not fish wormer, how do you work out dosage?
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PostSubject: Re: Underweight bristlenose... not enough food? or worms?   Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:10 pm

Treat bristlenose at the normal dose of 1 ml per 7 litres of tank water (for the big L product which contains 14g of levamisole per litre) and you should be fine.

Just make sure you allow for water displaced by gravel and driftwood, rocks etc. Allowing about 10% is usually enough to cover it.

If your worried about your bn then you could underdose a little, as its better to underdose than overdose with catfish in the tank.

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