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Treatment for Bloat in Tropheus

by Rahim Mohamed 06 Jun 2024

Introduction

Bloat is a common and serious condition affecting Tropheus species, characterized by a swollen abdomen and loss of appetite. Timely and effective treatment is crucial to save the affected fish. Here, I share a successful treatment regimen that I employed for my Tropheus, which might help others dealing with a similar issue.

Background

Upon returning from a business trip, I found my 28 Red Bishop Tropheus in very bad shape due to bloat. Despite the delayed start of treatment, I managed to save most of my fish. Here’s a detailed account of the steps I took to treat bloat effectively.

Treatment Protocol

Day 1

  • 9 AM: Added 1.5 teaspoons of Metronidazole to the 75-gallon tank.
  • 5 PM: Added another 1.5 teaspoons of Metronidazole to the tank.

Day 2

  • 9 AM: Added 1.5 teaspoons of Metronidazole to the tank.
  • 4 PM: Performed a 50% water change.
  • 4 PM: Fed a small amount of Spirulina flakes (soaked in Metronidazole) to test appetite. Six of the Tropheus ate.
  • 5 PM: Added another 1.5 teaspoons of Metronidazole to the tank.

Day 3

  • 9 AM: Added 1.5 teaspoons of Metronidazole to the tank.
  • 4 PM: Performed another 50% water change.
  • 4 PM: Fed Spirulina flakes (soaked in Metronidazole). This time, all but two Tropheus ate.
  • 5 PM: Added another 1.5 teaspoons of Metronidazole to the tank.

Day 4

  • 9 AM: Added 1.5 teaspoons of Metronidazole to the tank.
  • 4 PM: Fed Spirulina flakes (soaked in Metronidazole). All Tropheus ate.

Results

By the end of the fourth day, all the Tropheus were eating normally and showing no signs of bloat. Out of the original 28, only four were lost, and the rest are now thriving.

Important Notes

  • Dosage: The doses used were higher than what is commonly recommended. This was due to the delayed start of treatment, and it worked well in this situation. However, these doses might not be suitable for all cases.
  • Monitoring: Closely monitor the fish for any adverse reactions to the medication.
  • Water Changes: Regular water changes were crucial in maintaining water quality and reducing stress on the fish.
  • Spirulina Flakes: Using Metronidazole-soaked Spirulina flakes helped encourage feeding, which is vital for recovery.

Conclusion

This treatment protocol was successful in curing bloat in my Tropheus despite a delayed start. While it worked well for me, it may not work the same for everyone. Adjustments may be necessary based on individual circumstances and fish responses. Always monitor your fish closely and consult with a professional if needed.

By sharing this experience, I hope to provide a helpful reference for others dealing with bloat in their Tropheus or other fish species.

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