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Old 02-24-2013, 02:29 PM   #11 
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Unfortunately, I'm in Canada and we don't have a CVS pharmacy, and I don't think there's anywhere that sells pure Epsom nearby. We have epsom and AQ salt, but the epsom has something other than magnesium sulfate in it.

I'll get right on what you're saying though.

And I'm using a Whisper Power filter. Once a week along with my water change, I just give the sides a wipe and around once every two weeks, I rinse the filter media with tank water.
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And my fish isn't eating either. Hasn't been for a few days.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:53 PM   #13 
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Maybe some of our Canadian users can chime in about where to get Epsom salt. It's magnesium sulfate. (Which might be spelled sulphate there.)

I did a quick internet search, and people said it's available at Shopper's Drug Mart.

If they don't have it, contact a veterinary clinic. It's often used as a laxative and for soaking injuries (sprains, etc) for animals, especially horses.
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Perfect. I live five minutes away from one. The only issue is whether they have it pure. The one we have at home has a heptahydrate additive.

Thanks for that piece of info!
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Oh! Are they calling it magnesium sulfate heptahydrate?

That's *perfect.* Get it!

In the US, we just call it magnesium sulfate. But the actual chemical name is magnesium sulfate heptahydrate. (There are seven water molecules attached. Ie: MgSO4*7 H2O.)

If the only ingredient is magnesium sulfate heptahydrate, that's perfect.
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Actually, it's magnesium sulphate "," heptahydrate.

So I don't know. ^^;
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Yes, that's fine... Magnesium sulphate heptahydrate.

This is exactly what you want. It's still Epsom salt.

(It's just a spelling difference: color/colour... check/cheque.... sulfate/sulphate. )
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If you want the chemical explanation....

Magnesium sulfate attracts water molecules. Seven water molecules, specifically. In the US, we ignore them, and just call it "magnesium sulfate."

But in Canada (and other locations in the world, such as the U.K.), it's spelled "sulphate"... And you acknowledge the seven water molecules that are attached to the molecule:
  • Seven = hepta
  • Water = hydrate
Which gives "magnesium sulphate heptahydrate" aka "Epsom salt."
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Great review from chem right there. It's been a while.

Alright then! Sounds great! Thanks!

But what should I do if he's not eating?

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Well, since he's bloated, the Epsom salt will hopefully help. It's a laxative, and will also help with any fluid retention he may have.

As for eating, they can go quite awhile without food. And if he isn't feeling well, he may not be in the mood to eat. How long has it been since he's eaten?

Also, very importantly, look at his scales, especially around his midsection and abdomen. Are they lying flat, or are they raised (like a pinecone)?
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