I Just Cleaned My Fish Tank & Now the Fish Won't Eat

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Certain types of fish may not necessarily eat right after you clean their tank. Find out what to do if you just cleaned your tank and now your fish won't eat with help from a dynamic, holistic and conventional veterinarian in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Jena Questen with DrQueston.com, and I'm a veterinarian that has a special interest in, actually pet fish, like my little friend here. And well, the question that has been asked of me recently is, I've just changed the water in my fish tank and now, my fish are not eating. What can this mean? Well, the biggest thing I would be worried about a situation like this, is definitely checking your water quality. That means doing a test of your ammonia, your nitrites, your nitrates, your pH. Any of those things which might be specific to your particular species of fish that you're keeping. If you see problems with any of those things, certainly those need to be corrected and then, that could be what's going on. Even if you've just done a water change, and your fish are not acting normal. Definitely you want to go ahead and recheck those water quality values and make sure everything is o.k. there.If everything is o.k., and the fish are still not acting a 100 percent like themselves. Then, probably there's a water temperature problem going on. As in, the water that you put in was not the same as the water temperature the fish were previously in. This can be stressful to fish and also cause them to not want to eat very well. If everything there seems o.k., and the water temperature seems alright, you don't have any concerns. You can also add a half a teaspoon of non-iodized table salt to most fish tanks. And sometimes that can help be a little bit of a stress reducer for the fish and help them to feel better if they're a little stressed out from the water change. If you've done all of those things and you're still feeling like there's something seriously going on with your fish. Then, I would encourage you to seek out an aquatics veterinarian, who can help you diagnose that problem more in depth. And hopefully get your fish back on track and eating well. On that note, I'm Dr. Q and the rest is up to you. Thanks for tuning in.


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