Tiger barb - Erratic swimming

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    Hi there,

    Would be very happy if someone can help me out with my barb!
    I've got 7 and I noticed(yesterday after work) the one big one is swimming very erratic.
    It's body is almost curled in a 'S' and it's swimming into everything...

    So far it seems like only the 1 is affected.

    Right, a quick history of what happened the last couple of days, actually everything
    happened on Sunday:
    - I did a 10% water change on Sunday(3 foot tank, +/- 80 liter).
    - Cleaned the AquaClear HOB filter in the water I took out of the tank.
    - Made some home made filter cartridges(using a pair of stockings)
    with that white ammonia remove stuff(can't remember what you call it).
    - Fed them with frozen dapnia that I bought Sunday afternoon. I just chuck half
    a cube into the water and after they finished that the other half. I read somewhere
    that it's not good giving them the frozen piece? Haven't had problems with the
    frozen bloodworms...
    - Nitrate is a bit high...just under 50 ppm but I think the water in Centurion will actually
    make it worse with a 50% water change.(I have a plants in the tank and don't overfeed,
    actually I tend to underfeed and skip a day once a week...)

    Remedies last night:
    - Added Tetra Easy Balance...suppose to bring down the nitrate and phosphate.
    - Added general bacterial/fungicide medicine.

    This morning it's still alive but not much improvement...

    Any help would be appreciated very much!
     
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    Super Dave

    Firstly, I would not add remedies to my main tank. Reason, certain products destroy the nitrofying bacteria required to break down the ammonia that fish excrete to less toxic nitrite then to nitrate.
    by adding chemicals to the aquarium, one does not realise how it effects the water parameters. Remove the fish to another aquarium and then add your remedies.
    your nitrate level is quite high, do a 20% waterchange,and then do a parameter check.
     
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    I did some research with reference to your problem.
    It looks like your fish has been poisoned by some toxic substance, which leads to the following; disrupted equilibrium,paralysis, twitching,cramps,darting about the tank at the slightest stimulus and then bumping into things because of a decreased sense of perception.
    it is difficult to establish what type of toxin, as a suggestion, please APSA me on your water parameters,how long has the fish been in the aquarium(new) ?
    Phil
     
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    And also, do you use any lead plant weights? :)
     
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    Hey Philip and Andre,

    Thanks for the reply!

    I had to act quickly and since I don't have a hospital tank yet, I
    had to dose in my main tank...

    Started with 12 gram Epsom salt and Baktopur Plus(2 tablets).
    Tank is a normal 3 footer with +/- 85 liter's...
    Took out the carbon filter and left till Thursday.

    Did a 1/3 water change and put the charcoal back again.

    Barb looks allright, still skew(every now and then) but eating at least...

    LFS said I should give the medicine twice. So I'll start the cycle again...

    Possible causes I saw on the internet is a bacterial infection. Almost
    like dropsy.
    Apparently they can get it from infected foods, even frozen foods?
    I'm not sure but could it have been from the frozen mosquito larva's(sory, not Daphnia)?

    Reason I'm asking is that none of the other fish had any symptoms?

    Anyways, I put him in a Guppy breeding cage(plastic ones that drifts in the
    tank) because the other Tigers started biting him on the ass area.

    Will keep him there till after the second dosing.
     

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