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Old 05-16-2013, 09:53 PM   #11 
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Should I do a 100% tank change, and recondition the water first.. and then take out the one gallon, once it is between 76-80 degrees? Also, how long does it take to get the results?
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If your tank is cycled, I wouldn't do a 100% water change. I would either:
a) remove 1 gal from the tank, and replace it with the Epsom salt treated water. (You want the Epsom salt dosage to be 1 teaspoon per gallon.)
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b) Put him into a smaller hospital tank, and treat the hospital tank at a dosage of 1 teaspoon Epsom salt per gallon. (Don't forget the conditioner!)

Generally, it takes about 1 to 3 days to see results.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:19 PM   #13 
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Alright. That's my plan when I get home tomorrow. Probably gonna go with the hospital tank, so I don't kill the snail & frog... It's not filtered... does that make a difference? Sorry for all the questions. Check on the conditioner BTW
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No, it doesn't need to be filtered. You'll just need to do more frequent water changes, since it's a small unfiltered tank.

OK, so it's a 1.5 gal tank, right? There are many ways to do a water change and acclimate your fish back into the tank of treated water so his system isn't shocked. If you have a procedure that works, great! If not, here is one variation:
  1. Note the temperature of his current water.
  2. Using a plastic cup, scoop him, along with some of his water, into the cup.
  3. Fill the 1.5 gal hospital tank with water at the SAME temp. Be sure to add the correct amount of water conditioner.
  4. Add 1.5 teaspoons of Epsom salt. (This will give you an overall dosage of 1 teaspoon per gallon.)
  5. Stir until the Epsom salt is completely dissolved.
  6. Float his cup in the tank for about 15 min.
  7. Add a SMALL amount of NEW water to the cup. (Several tablespoons, or about 1.5 ounces.)
  8. Let his cup float for about 10 min.
  9. If the cup starts to fill too much, remove a SMALL amount of water from the cup. Discard it.
  10. Repeat steps 5-7, until an hour (or more) has passed.
  11. Gently release him into the tank.

Leave him in the Epsom salt treated hospital tank. If he isn't better in two days, do a 50% water change:
  1. Mix 1 teaspoon Epsom salt into 1 gal of water at the same temp as his tank. Add conditioner. Mix until the salt is dissolved.
  2. Remove about 50% of the water from the hospital tank.
  3. Slowly add the new Epsom salt treated water. (You can add 25%, wait about 10 min, then add the other 25%.)
Hopefully, the Epsom salt will relieve the bloating, and help his buoyancy issues. Also, monitor for poop.
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This is....

Awesome!!!! Thank you. Very detailed. I will follow it to the T ; )
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