Since I first posted on Dec. 26, I Stop adding the Aqua. salt and started adding Epsom Salt (2 tesp in 2 gals). Its helped with the swelling and she was doing better.... until a two days ago when she started to get puffy again, then today she is more puffy and seams to be starting to pine-cone, slight raising of scales. : (
She has been eating good till this AM when I gave her her 3 pellets and she ate them but one came back out. She seams to be pooping normal. She is swimming less, hovering around the top, very slight buoyancy issues (probably due to her increased puffiness?) and her breathing is more rapid.
So Im wondering if I should try a Epsom Salt "Bath" I've heard about? (If so I need directions on that.) Or if its probably too late and I just need to keep her comfortable till her time comes. <sigh>
If she doesnt make it I still want to thank you guys for your advice. She did seam better for the weeks since you advised me so Im thankful for that.
Its hard to face that my adding the salt could have caused this. But then again she is over 3 yrs old and it may just be old age. She probably had major stress in her first year when I had to take her with me out of town for 5 weeks. The place was at 6,500' altitude so Im sure she felt it going and coming home. She's had a good life, my little traveler, and been very loved. : ) Her name, Xia Tian means red clouds, tranquil ...like a sunset. : )