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Old 06-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Horrible Septicemia? Something else? Help!

My poor boy Calvin has been holding on for a long time since three of his brothers all died at once of some sort of bacterial infection. He's very sick, and about two weeks ago, he wouldn't move at all - not for food, nothing. His fins began to look the way they do in this picture.



He lives in a 2.5gal tank to himself. Water/pH levels are all perfect, biweekly water changes, 4 pellets of Betta BioGold a day. I first put him on Tetra Lifeguard All-in-One treatment for 5 days, and he started moving around again. He's since been a very active fishie.

However, seeing as this medication did not completely solve the problem (still septicemia, still in bad, bad shape), I put him on T.C. Tetracycline anti-bacterial treatment for 4 days. As you can see, it did nothing. He's never looked as bad as he's looked today.

What should I do? Is it even SAFE to put him on something else right now? Could the antibiotics interact if there's still some in his tank, or in his system? Advice appreciated!
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:32 AM   #3 
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Looks like a combo of mild fin rot and definitely septicemia. Do you have any allergies to sulfa medications? If not, I recommend you try API Triple Sulfa.
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Thank you so much! Finally, a response. It got worrisome there. I will try out the new medication. Do you have a suggested waiting period before trying the new meds after having him on two others so recently?
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A few days on just epsom salt. Not quite as concerned about the fin rot as I am about the septicemia. If we can get rid of that, the fin rot will be much easier to tackle if it doesn't go away with the Triple Sulfa too.
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