Okay, so my VT DaBaDee has been causing me so much stress in the past couple of days and I'm really at a loss because his symptoms are just all over the place.
First, on Wednesday, he seemed to be flashing against tank ornaments and twitchy. I thought it may be velvet since half of his body is a brownish color and his gills have a little bit of a color on them that shines gold in a flashlight, so I treated it with AQ salt and turned out the lights and turned up the temp. He is in a one gallon hospital tank that I have inside his 5 gallon tank to keep the temp stable.
Then, yesterday, he was very bloated and floating on his side and struggling to swim. His belly was very white. I did my 100% water change and switched to Epsom salt. He had very apparent stress stripes and could not swim downwards no matter how hard he tried. Also, his poo was floating. Does this have anything to do with the salt? It seemed kinda stringy but it wasn't white. It was coiled with a string kind of hanging off of it.
Today, he seems to be swimming better. He can now reach the bottom of the tank and can hold himself upright for the most part. Last night, he would tilt and was laying completely sideways when he stopped moving. Now he seems to have what I think may be the beginning of fin rot... The very, very tips of his anal fin look black, but I may just be seeing things..
Now, I have AQ salt, Epsom salt, Quick Cure and Stress Coat on-hand. However, I am treating the bloat and swimming issues with Epsom salt so I can't use both ES and AQ salt... I was wondering, can I use ES and mix both the Seachem Prime and the Stress Coat for his tail? I need the Prime because there is ammonia in my tap water.
I can't believe I didn't think of this before, but could his brownish color be a long-term effect of ammonia poisoning?
He was in a 1 gallon tank before and I admit, I didn't keep up well with the water changes. I also didn't know I had ammonia in my tap water, so I didn't have a conditioner that neutralized it.
1 gallon tank
I am not feeding him anything today
No filter, its a hospital tank
100% daily water changes
Treating with Epsom salt
Ammonia: 0 in both his hospital tank and 5 gallon tank (I don't know how, because my tap water has ammonia in it)
Nitrates: haven't tested yet
I don't know what to do! He keeps giving me mixed signals and now I'm not sure if he will ever get better because I have no idea what to treat...