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Old 05-16-2012, 09:00 PM   #11 
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His scales are normal so it's not dropsy. Though, his gills aren't closing all the way much. It's only by a little bit, but they're differently not closing.

Right now, I have him in a separate, smaller, and much less decorated tank. I put in some stress coat as well as aquarium salt (by the way, is it okay if I put aquarium salt and Epsom salt in at the same time? Or is that dangerous for the fish or something?) and I am planning on doing 100% daily water changes for a couple days to see if that will help.

And thank you for telling me about the ammonia thing. I actually had no idea! Some fish owner I am. :P

Thank you so much!
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:30 AM   #12 
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Epsom salt would be a better choice.....Aquarium salt may make the symptom worse.....
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:24 PM   #13 
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I will get some Epsom salt as soon as I can.

It was weird though, when I started the treatment, that same night, his symptoms disappeared! Now it appears that he's more bloated than ever...

By the way, what is the difference between Aquarium salt and Epsom salt?

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Old 05-18-2012, 10:19 AM   #14 
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Aquarium salt is sodium chloride
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate

Two different actions-Aq salt more for external and Epson salt more for internal
You should limit Aq salt to 10day and Epsom salt can be used long term if needed and it is plant safe and AQ salt is not.
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