So far so good on Doc's progress! His fins are still sloughing dead cells, it looks like, because the frail edges are falling away and leaving healthy fin behind. He's back to being all perky, but he's bored STIFF
in that teeny tiny tank. It's the only other one I have, Doc! I'm sorry!
So we've been trying to figure out what to do next. Obviously, no matter what, the old tank needs to be sterilized. However... I don't have the money to entirely replace his plants, decorations and certainly not the shrimp.
Homeopathy works to get the body moving and healing itself. Unlike traditional drugs, it does nothing on it's own. It simply gives the living body a shove in the right direction. Therefore, whatever illness Doc had, whether it be myco or a myco lookalike, it's possible
he has built up an immunity to it. Also, from what I'm understanding, myco is in the system already?
There is bacteria around us, in us, on us, all the time. It's when for some reason or another our bodies are weak that we become sick. Strep throat in humans, for instance. Strep is part of the bacteria in our throats all the time, it just sometimes becomes horribly unbalanced and we get super sick.
Soooo... I'm thinking that, maybe, it would be worth trying to save my plants and shrimp. The shrimp aren't sick, the plants are huge and gorgeous and both cost me a great deal of money (the kind where my stomach flips when I think of just throwing it all away).
No matter what, the gravel is going out and the tank is going to be intensely sanitized (sun route, because $30 for Barbicide Plus is asdalfawefal expensive) I won't use the shrimp for breeding (in case they are carriers) and I won't put any other fish in the tank with Doc (well, I wouldn't anyway it's way too small) and I won't trim the plants to put in any other tanks (
If in a month's time, when all this is done, and Doc isn't sick again, I suspect that he will have built up immunity. Yes I'm keeping his Hospital Tank sparkling clean, but he has the bacteria all over him right now. There's nothing I can do to sanitize him. If he can stay healthy in a sterile environment with nothing but him, fresh water that doesn't have time to build healthy bacteria before it's dumped out, and whatever made him sick still lurking on his scales, then the homeopathy must have helped his body build it's natural defenses against this bacteria.
Therefore, I think it will be OK to put the plants and shrimp back in with him.
For now... I've been wanting to get a 20 long anyway to start breeding shrimp (I lurve shrimpies!!) and Petco had a 50% sale on the 20's the other day. That's every bit as good as a $1 a gallon for a 20, so I went ahead and snagged that and a glass lid. The lid cost more than the tank... But I can't have dog hair floating around in it, can I? lol
I'm going to put the shrimp and the plants in there while the other tank is sanitized.
In case it is myco, I'm going to treat everything as if it is. The 20 long will be sanitized thoroughly when the shrimp and plants are done in there and I won't be using any other equipment with it, on purpose.
Whatever happens from this point on, once any other fish get involved, I'm going to assume myco is in everything Doc ever had anything to do with. He himself may be a carrier now! I guess his little Fluval View will truly be his alone, plants and all. King of the mountain Dr. Seuss who never shares an item with anyone else.
Ehehehe, he'd probably be pleased with that if he knew.
I can save the tank though, even if Doc gets sick again and passes. Thank. God. $80 saved just... Oh man, I can't describe how relieved I am about that. Can't even. Plus I like the tank. Don't love it, but like it.
And I have no idea if that made ANY sense. lol But if it did and anyone has any thoughts on my disjointed and iffy plans, I'd love to hear them! I don't know anything about this for sure. All I can do is observe Doc, read up, sanitize things like mad and apply all the knowledge I can get my little hands on.
Originally Posted by White Mage
Wow, that's amazing! Such a beautiful fish too... If he stays better, you might've just found a cure for this nasty thing!
I'm kinda amazed too. Homeopathy isn't magic, so I honestly didn't know what to expect. lol And thank you!
Originally Posted by Jexx
This is incredible. Where can one buy these treatments? also, what is considered to be a dose for pyrogenium?
Whole Foods and other health food stores often have a homeopathy section, but otherwise you can find them online:
30c potency is top choice for this application and acute illness, so those links above the correct potency.
As for dosage, actually, how many
pellets you use is less important than how often
you do it. The pyrogenium I had on hand was teeny tiny pellets, so I just tried to do one or two pellets. They were so tiny sometimes more one fell in, but it never combined to the size of the baptisia pellet.
Originally Posted by Corsica
He looks great! I hope he fully recovers and stays that way!
Thank you! Me too!!