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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Goodbye, Red and Shade

These girls have been looking sooo sick for so long, despite the repeated KanaPlex treatments. I felt it only fair to allow my nitrates to spike. The strong fish are fine, but the sick girls died quickly. I didn't want to euthanize them w/o a fight, so skipping a water change gave them a chance to "sink or swim".

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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I'm sorry to hear this...they are definitely in a better place now. Sometimes it just seems like they can't get better.

BTW, Red has some company in the afterlife - her brother Sassy just passed away too. So they will be together, along with Red's sister-friends.

Beth, mom of two humans, and caretaker of eight cats and seven bettas. Yes, I'm crazy.
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I'm sorry about poor Red. She got to be very big! She was happy until about 2 weeks ago when her color faded dramatically. She was the only one of my girls (her and Tang) that showed no signs of fin rot. However, she developed some body fungus. Her behaviour was normal but she looked worse and worse, then I found her floating suddenly- so she suffered the least. She was a good fish: no bullying of the catfish like Mist & Shade. She was always first to come to eat, and food was about all she cared about, but she didn't eat the catfish pellets. I'll miss her!!!
I had pulled each & every sick girl & treated them w/ Epsom salts, Maracyn 2, Kanaplex, etc. All that seemed to do was buy them an extra day or two of being sick. So, as these last 4 fish started to go downhill, I just treated the whole tank & saw who survived & who didn't. I think once we see symptoms it is probably too late for 90% of fish.

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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