ok, so i had put sam in the 10 gallon with the cories, they didn't get along, and i took him out and put him back in his old bowl. he was extremely bloated from over eating the cories algae wafers. the bowl is the same one he was in before, same plants, decorations, dechlorinator, i cleaned everything off before i put him in it. the only difference is that i got a new 25 watt topfin (it's not the black one, it's the gray one with the rubber/plastic blocks on the ends). i added 1tsp/gal epsom salt to the water to help with bloat/constipation. temp was 78-9
well, within an hour of putting him in, be became extremely lethargic, not moving. i assumed he was sleeping, being tired from stress of the larger tank. well, this morning he was still looking bad, not moving, and it was hard to convince him to eat, which is amazing, since he's more of a pig than my dog. and just now, when i came back from school, i thought he was dead, he was just floating at the top of the bowl, every fin clamped as tight as it could get, only moving a tiiiny bit when i poke him, then just clamping back up and floating back to the top.
i instantly whipped him out of there to do a wc, minus epsom salt, which i had thought was causing the problem (i've used aq salt before with no problems) and i smelled the water. it reeked of plastic! the heater's plastic had stunk up the water, even my hands smell like it from picking it up to take it out and wash it off. i'm now thinking this is the problem, can plastic/rubber leak something bad?????
well, everything stinks, so i'm taking out another 2 gal hex i have and i'm going to clean it and put him in there with the old heater (which only heats to 72-4 ish).
ANYBODY KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENED???? OR HOW I CAN SAVE HIM??? HE LOOKS LIKE A CORPSE, AND I'M REALLY WORRIED THAT I'M GOING TO LOOSE HIM!!!!!!!