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Blood Parrot unable to chew, help!

Hi, I have had my blood parrot for over 5 years. He has always had a voracious apetitie but recently I noticed that while he took food into his mouth, it was coming back out minutes later. It seemed as though he was trying to chew but couldn't hold it in his throat to do so. (This is different than bloat in my opinion as he does not spit the food back right away and try again--he keeps it in for a long time trying to eat it) He can also hardly get the food by himself, I don't know if he can't see well or just can't angle his large body under it correctly. I have to push the pellet into his mouth for him to even attempt to eat it. In recent weeks the problem has become worse. He can't even keep in bloodworms--they come out his gills. And he seems frustrated...once the food comes back out and the other fish gobble it up he starts flashing off the decorations and raising his dorsal fin. It is painful to watch him whither away. Has anyone had experience with their fish not being able to chew their food? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

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I don't know the reason, but I googled "my cichlid keeps spitting out food".

Here are some possible answers for you - 

Hexamita infection
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=205695

"Just Picky"
https://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/threads/help-flowerhorn-spitti...

"maybe a tumor, maybe bloat, maybe foreign object"
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=180087

 

 

I'm pretty sure my fish now has hexamita but I believe it is a secondary infection due to his immune system being weakened due to his inability to eat. The information about the frontosa sounded the most like how the scenario began--him rushing over to eat and trying time and time again only to have it "slip" back out. Now, however, he shows only a slight interest in food. I have tried live black worms and earthworms, frozen blood worms and brine shrimp, hikari pellets, and omega 1 flake food. I decided to move him into my hospital tank today and treat with API general cure for hex. I might stop feeding him for a few days and see if that helps his appetite return but it has already been several days since he has eaten. He has been swimming around more the last few days but typically picks a spot and "sits"--either on the bottom of the tank or the surface. He still comes up to see me when I come to the tank like he is trying to tell me something--I just don't know what. :(

It's my experience & understanding that when a fish decides to tuck into & lay-down in a spot where they can't be reached easily... such as some of the decor, the tank's corner or against one of it's edges... that they are feeling quite-ill and wish to be left-alone. When this happens, their death typically isn't far-off.

I hope for yours and the big-fella's sake that isn't the case.

He has now turned completely white and hasn't had a bite to eat in 2 weeks. He does not even seem interested in food. Also, he is out of his corner but floats, breathing just below the surface of the water. It will be sad to see him go but it's painful to see him in such bad shape.

He has now turned completely white and hasn't had a bite to eat in 2 weeks. He does not even seem interested in food. Also, he is out of his corner but floats, breathing just below the surface of the water. It will be sad to see him go but it's painful to see him in such bad shape.