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Old 23-09-2014, 06:56 AM   #1
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Default Barramundi sick, help!

i've had my barramundi for maybe 2 years now, he has grown from around 40 to 60cm+. Been eating mostly different kind of fish and shrimps, temp always around 25-27C. 100% freshwater. He always comes up to the front glass to beg for food when i get close to the tank, and is always first to eat. But the last couple of days he has been pretty inactive, has not eaten when i feed, and also has his fins along with his body. Not out and "waving" like most times. My RTGG has been a bit aggressive against him some times and he get scratches every now and then, but it has not affected his behavior or eating habits... Right now he has some scratches. All other fish is eating and behaving fine, i really doubt that the water is bad in any way...

But, is it possible that when barramundis grow to a certain size they NEED a bit of salt or maybe even brackish / saltwater to continue living? Please, if someone know or have any ideas / tips of articles or anything write it here! I really don't wanna loose this fish
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Old 23-09-2014, 11:51 AM   #2
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No, it is not necessary for barramundi to have brackish conditions. There are huge barramundis more than 100cm in freshwater impoundments in Australia.
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Old 23-09-2014, 02:28 PM   #3
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No, it is not necessary for barramundi to have brackish conditions. There are huge barramundis more than 100cm in freshwater impoundments in Australia.
Okay, then there has to be another problem... Gonna do another big water change later today and try feeding a lot, and se if he reacts. Thanks for your answer!
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Is it breathing heavily?
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Is it breathing heavily?
No, not that i've noticed. He has cloudy eyes now though.. But today he reacted when i threw some fish fillets in the tank at least, but he did not eat..
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Old 25-09-2014, 04:18 AM   #6
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it looks like his vision is really bad. He notice when i put my hand over the tank like usual, but he does not strike on the fish/shrimp i feed with. he did strike twice, but both times were at another fish, i think it was because they swam right over his head and they shined a bit so he thought it was food. Both eyes are really cloudy, but other than that he seems almost better. Like how he swims and so, the fins are not as clamped as they were yesterday. I've been changing 50% water everyday for 3 days now, and also i cleaned one of the canister filters. I had a big plastic tank that i could put him in with much oxygen in the water and salt, but a friend is borrowing it currently (suuuuuper bad timing....). I have not seen any aggression against him in the last days, and he has not got any more wounds. But i think i will separate the aggressive ones soon any how...

This is how he looks now.
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