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post #651 of 821 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 02:00 PM
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Oh no!! You're usually the one we go to with sick fish questions. I'm sorry I can't offer any advice. Byron might know someone who could offer advice. I hope the chubby little guy gets better. Sending positive thoughts your way! <3
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Thanks, Izzy. I've been doing some research and it looks like Melafix may be a better choice than an antibiotic right now. It's weird, being a betta person, I always avoid Melafix. o.O

He's not so hyper today and is just resting in his tunnel. I don't know if that's good or bad.
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Sakura, try looking up info on medicating naked catfish (synodontis family) for tips...

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Naked catfish. Got it. Thanks, Olympia.
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NAKED!!!

Poor Sparky! We shall leave him NO dignity!!!

. . . I hope you find the info you need to help poor Sparky. . .
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Maybe the thought of having his dignity stripped away did something to him. Either way, he ate 4 of his 5 pellets tonight and I think the only reason he missed the 5th one was because he was laying on it. Will still put Melafix in when I can get it, just to make sure that eye doesn't get seriously infected.
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I've used Melafix and Pimafix with loaches and my wild-caught tetra before with no harm - snails, too. Many people treat it like it isn't a 'real' medication, but in my experience it helps - and you can use both at the same time. I know loaches and catfish aren't the same, but. . . *shrugs* I hope it helps the poor little baby out! I feel so bad for him. . . HUZZAH for eating though! Keep up the good work!!!
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That's great to know, Chesh. Thanks! Now I feel better about using Melafix and I think to keep him happy, I'll just medicate him in his 55gal, snails and all. I guess, if some snails go belly up . . . oh well. Better the snails than our swimming sausage.

I know the "fixes" aren't really great for internal problems but I've heard they are wonderful for external issues and I'm hoping that's all Sparky's eye is.
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I'm glad I could help you feel better about using it - despite my lack of catfish knowledge. I really hope it helps him. . . and aren't those pretty little Pearlies Ramshorns? I don't think ANYTHING can kill Ramshorns - unless you REALLY want them dead! You could always pull a handfull of 'em out and pop 'em in a jar just to have a backup. . . I've had a few Ramshorns that rode in on plants living in a jar with a bit of sand, a nano marimo ball, and some duckweed for MONTHS, lol! They're just sitting on my desk, being snails . . . don't seem to mind much of anything! Just hope it works on that adorably beady little eye! C'MON, SPARKY! FIGHT!

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What do you guys think that whiteish mark is? I have a heater guard so I don't think it's a burn but it's also not oozy like a cut. Just a natural mark? I hope?
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