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What to do when your fish aren’t eating when being treated with API General Cure

By using API General Cure, you are able to treat fish lice, gill flukes, hole-in-the-head, skin flukes, velvet and other infections. When using this treatment, your pet fish may not be eating as much as usual. They may not even eat at all.

To see what you can do when your aquatic pets lost their appetite, you can take a look at this troubleshooting guide at Aquarium Blueprints.

1. The first step we recommend taking is to check if your fish food has been expired or spoiled.

2. You can also try changing to a different fish food to see if your fish are willing to accept the new taste.

3. Sick or stressed fish, especially those that are suffering from an internal infection, will eat less until they feel better.

In this case, we recommend that you keep trying to feed your fish every day as you finish your API General Cure treatment. Observe your fish to see if they are eating and then remove any uneaten portions from the tank water after a few minutes.

You fish should eventually start eating again as they get better when you treat them with General Cure.

In total, you only need to use this medication over a five-day span as long as you follow instructions.

4. Bad water quality may also make your fish lose their appetite.

In this scenario, we recommend that you complete the API General Cure treatment.

After finishing the treatment, you need to do a water change. The goal of this water change is to remove any remnants of General Cure as well as any excess buildup of nitrogen wastes.

For water quality, we recommend that your tank water has 0 ppm of ammonia, 0 ppm of nitrites and less than 20 ppm of nitrates.

If you are still seeing spikes in ammonia or nitrites after a water change, then you can take a look at this guide. If you still have more than 20 ppm of nitrates, the you can take a look at this article to see how you can lower it.

5. If you don’t want to wait until the API General Cure treatment is completed to feed your fish, then you can try mixing your fish food with Seachem Garlic Guard. This product contains an all-natural garlic scented odor and flavor enhancer that should make the fish food more appealing.

If you are interested, you can purchase the Seachem Garlic Guard on Amazon with this link.

To see how you can use Garlic Guard together with API General Cure, you can take a look at this tutorial.