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Mature midas has stopped eating

Postby Randolph949 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:01 pm

The midas is about 14 to 15 years old, nine inches long with no external signs of disease or wounds. About four weeks ago, found he was suffering from swim bladder disorder. Provided epsom salt baths of 15 min. For two days. On day three the bladder disease was cured. Over the next few days, noticed he was not eating. Although swimming normally, the midas experienced about five episodes of swimming erratically (hitting tank walls) for about three seconds over a few days. Lack of eating has continued to this day but the erratic behavior ended. The fish continues to swim normally and is active. The tank was treated with metroplex and ultimately, have force fed the midas each of the last two weeks, including a dose of metroplex. Tank mates include a Jack Dempsey (similar size) and a three inch African cichilid who are healthy. Tank is 90 gal, temperature is 79 degrees to encourage eating. Water parameters are fine, with slightly elevated nitrate. Water changes are 25% every 3-4 weeks. Would appreciate help from forum members. I think the fish is dyeing from old age but did not expect him to be active during this process. I don’t know how long I should continue force feeding given this must be stressful for fish. Maybe another medication will be helpful? Thank you.
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Re: Mature midas has stopped eating

Postby Auballagh » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:11 pm

Oh wow.... I'm so sorry this is happening to your Midas cichlid. :(
It honestly sounds like your fish is just dying of old age. Geriatric. And my goodness, 14 - 15 years old?!!! That's incredible! You can rest assured that your Midas cichlid lived to a very ripe old age.
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As sad as it is, it's reaffirming and beautiful to hear this. I've had a very few cichlids that also, just eventually died of old age. It's so surprising and upsetting to realize just how emotionally attached you've actually become, to these long term residents in our aquariums! Midas (and Red Devil) cichlids are truly unpredictable, and wonderful characters to keep and enjoy. And it is ALWAYS so unexpectedly hard to deal with, when it's time to let amazing fish like them go.
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So, I personally think you have really gone above and beyond in an effort to get this one back.... and, I'm really sorry I can't offer anything new to help with this beyond my own sympathy and understanding of your situation.
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Re: Mature midas has stopped eating

Postby sir_keith » Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:49 am

I feel for you, but it is time to let him go. 14-15 years is a remarkable lifespan for a cichlid, and neither force feeding nor medication will change the course of the inevitable. We all hope to pass with ease; it is time to say goodbye, and let him go. So sorry.
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Re: Mature midas has stopped eating

Postby Randolph949 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:23 pm

Thank you both for your input and kind words. My son, who helped with the feeding, was saying I might not be doing enough to help him and this prompted me to visit the forum. Your input should help him understand and accept the unfortunate situation. I also thought the years of life and enjoyment of this fish was beyond what most fish keepers experience.
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