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Old 01-01-2013, 06:43 PM   #1 
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This little guy has been at walmart the past few times ive gone there, thats about 3weeks. i argued with some people and bought 40$ worth of stuff and got him for 10 cents. Not quite body rot yet, but will be quite soon, he has survived since yesterday, i added a pinch of salt today to his tank. He can't really swim but he can wiggle.....
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:08 PM   #2 
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i would fill the tank up until its a centimeter or an inch from the top, then go to the pet store and get AQUASAFE PLUS by tetra or something that treats injuries on fish.

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #3 
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Aquarium salt. IAL will help too.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:30 PM   #4 
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:O OMG that is just horrid, so happy you saved him. I say daily changes with AQ salt and IAL if you can get your hands on it. Also might want to find some meds perhaps for finrot since it's so close to body rot at this point.

HOW CAN STORES LET THIS GO ON SO LONG HONESTLY? HOW DO THEY THINK DOING THAT TO ANY ANIMAL IS OKAY?????

I hope he makes it, he looks like such a beautiful fish. Wishing you much luck. Also seems you already have your heater too, keeping him warm and giving stresscoat should help tail grow back once the fin rot is cured.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:28 PM   #5 
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why would I raise the water level? he would drownd ..... he can't swim properly. he is missing an entire fin..... Lol. what is I.a.l ? and I'm using stress coat and as salt currently.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #6 
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IAL is Indian almond leaf.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:35 PM   #7 
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Thats right i am so sorry, I wasn't even thinking of that. sheesh i am truely having some brain farts.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #8 
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Poor boy.. I'm shocked he's even alive. He must have a large will to live..

Make sure you're using a glass in tank thermometer with that heater.. something so big in something so small can overheat the water very quickly..

He needs antibiotics pronto. the salts won't be enough for this. I'd look for Kanaplex by Seachem and if you can't find it try Maracyn Plus. Meds can be diluted (measure however many units the meds are meant for - like if the meds say they treat 10 gallons measure 10 teaspoons of water - then take one unit of the mixture into gallon jugs. That gallon jug can then used to treat in that small container.. Just be aware you'll have to toss the excess and remix daily because the meds will lose effectiveness.

"pinches" of this and that aren't generally a good idea

In something so small you need 2 100% water changes a day - one am and one pm. Even then he may still be seeing ammonia but I'd be afraid to do more and stress him out. If you've got a test kit you might check to see his levels are still staying low. I've seen ammonia climb to 4 ppm in 12 hours in a cup of water before, so just be careful.

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Old 01-01-2013, 11:52 PM   #9 
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the thermometer has an overheat override protected, so it won't over heat. and I'm only using a "pinch" because he is in an inch of water. and both those medications can destroy their labyrinth. id rather not use either of I can help it. I have some melafix, but like I said, I'd prefer not to use it. he already has a little bit of fin regrowth. I don't want to shock him with chemicals yet. the first night I had him , I didn't even use aq salt. I do appreciate your help, and if he doesn't get to looking better soon, I'll put a little Melafix in his water...
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Poor little guy :(

I hope he lives.

Thank you for rescuing him.
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