Hopefully I don't confuse you, and I don't want to push lil to the side since she knows her stuff too, but I've had a few fish be born with sbd and they just sank... I don't know but I would try fasting before throwing in meds. Mine always either recovered without medications or never recovered and just stayed like they were no matter what.
Medications are one of the few things I'm conservative with haha.
It's fine Matt, I was just explaining my experience with sinking fishes is all. I shouldn't have said it wasn't worth fasting because it is worth it to try that first before any medications, so, sorry about that. I think I was a little exhausted last night anyway
My HM girl from CJ (the one that was in the 20g) is slowly going into dropsy. She's in quarantine with ial, Epsom salts, and kanaplex (dropsy is the only thing I've used it for, and I am careful with it- I recommend against its use quite a bit but the one thing I always say to use it for is dropsy.), but I'm not optimistic.
I hate how so many of my fish spend their last days in a small, bare quarantine tank and then are euthanized. I feel like I'm keeping the fish prisoner on death row- they spend their time in a bare cage, despite that I know (with 95% certainty) exactly where they're headed- to be killed. (The death penalty is horrible and an absolute tragedy in real life, by the way)
The benefit to having fish die suddenly on me is that they never go through that stress.
In other news, the date of my local club's auction was announced! It's tentatively set for April 6... And this time, I'm going. I'll have to set aside a budget but this could be my opportunity to make a spontaneous decision and stock the 20, get more plants, etc... I think most of you reading should know me well enough to know that I am not walking out of there empty handed, no matter how much I loath parts of this hobby right now.
I have threads I should write up soon... Keep an eye out!
Neat. I've heard of those things before, they seem like a great way to display the fish (and from what I can see their bowls look clean too). Our petlands here are awful and not a place I would ever support, they need to learn a lesson from their Calgarian friends.
I just threw a glance to my crayfish tank... And she's berried. Finally. No clue what I'm going to do though... Hahaha I'll have fun with it. I'm raisin them and selling hem as fast as I can, though, I really don't have room for too many crays (interesting things... Just messy).
I put the girl with dropsy down a few minutes ago. Like all fish with dropsy, I knew she wasn't making it out alive, and since the quarantine tank was causing nothing but stress and time added to her suffering I made he decision to end her life before it got too painful.
She didn't go peacefully at all, sadly. Some fish are great and just go quickly and peaceful, while others seem to want to hang on to life for as long as they want no matter how unhappy and "ready to go" the seem during the final days of their lives. One of the big arguments I have heard against euthanasia is that natural death for animals is very rarely peaceful, but a lot of the time I think that a fish's last way they would choose to go is convulsing in a jar of freezing water.
Definitely not nearly as upset with this death as I am with the channoides, because I have seen thus coming for a while.