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Old 06-17-2012, 09:56 PM   #41 
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I'm pretty sure the medicine is doing something. But I don't think it's good. His bulge has actually gotten bigger and he's starting to have these little panic attacks and spasms. Is this because his body is trying to kick out the parasites or something?
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:11 AM   #42 
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It could be. :/ The parasites may be reacting to the meds and moving around/dying. If he continues to show distress, stop the medicated food. Instead, add the metro directly to the water as per instructions on the container.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:12 AM   #43 
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Oooo imagine an upset tummy ;(
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:33 AM   #44 
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Ouch. Must suck since he's so full of em. :(
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:17 PM   #45 
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The spasming has lessoned. However, he is not eating the food. Even if garlic juice is present. Is there another way to get him to eat the medicated food?
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Try medicating bloodworms if you can work that out properly. Not sure.
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I know this sounds crazy, but he won't eat bloodworms. I've coated the pellets with the meds and garlic water. He still keeps on spitting them out. The pellets also sink to the bottom. Is this normal? Should I put less meds on the pellet?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:30 AM   #48 
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If he won't eat the pellets, it's best to discontinue the food and medicate the water so he gets some medication.

Fill a jug or something like that with 5 cups of dechlorinated water. Add 1/2 tsp of the metronidazole powder and mix. Now add 1/2 cup of this mixture per gallon to his tank. So if his tank is 2 gallons, add 1 cup. If it's 1 gallon, add 1/2 cup. Change the water every day and redose the meds for however long it takes for him to purge the worms.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:26 PM   #49 
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UPDATE (6/29/12):

He has gotten worse after all the treatments for parasites. ): I have uploaded more updated pictures and his bloating is bigger. Any other treatments I can do for him? Thank you!
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:( I'm really sorry to say that I think he has a tumor. With updated pics, I can see that his bloating is now characteristic of a tumor, especially how he is so grossly bloated just under his belly and not all over. If this is indeed the case then there is not much that can be done except to make him comfortable. You can continue to keep him in 3 tsps of epsom salt for the duration of his life to help make things easier. Provide a shallow tank with lots of plants to perch in. I'm really sorry.
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