Right, we have had mixed results so far. Some of the juveniles have responded brilliantly, making a full recover under treatment. We now have 4 juveniles that havnt responded, and are showing no interest in food whatsoever. Since being in treatment for the last 3 days they havnt eaten, either live or frozen food.
Symptoms exhibeted are:
uninterest in food
hanging at the surface of the water, usually hitched, but curled around themselves. They will occasionally unhitch and float for a while, but otherwise just sit there.
The other two have wrapped their tails around themselves, and simply float around the treatment tank without making any attempt to hitch. Very occasionally they will uncoil their tails and thrash, then go back to the original position
Sexes are 3 females, 1 male. 1 of the females and the male are the worst- refusing to hitch.
Currently there is no sign of external or internal gas bubble. Respiration seems normal- no gasping. All 4 are looking decidedly skinny having not eaten for several days. Skin scrapes have revealed no external parasites.
Do you have any advice on what else could be causing these symptoms, and would it be possible/ advisable to force feed animals this small? Current size is around 2.5" height.