Hi everyone! I am brand new to the forum. I'm in desperate search for help for my sick little guy. Thistle is a halfmoon that I purchased through a breeder and I love him so much (and so do my little girls).
I went on a vacation with my husband and my mom came to watch our girls for us - and Thistle. Well, I get back and there is a ton of food on the bottom of his bowl and his fins, of course, had fin rot. I was obviously really upset, but did a course of aquarium salt treatment. No response. Did another. No response. Tried Melafix (super duper diluted as I know it can get toxic quickly and it is already more concentrated than bettafix). No response. So I decided to do the Meracyn I/II treatment and it worked. I'm VERY diligent about his tank water and his health.
Go on another vacation and FIN ROT AGAIN - my mom fed him way too much despite my begging to only feed him a tiny bit. Decided to go straight to the Meracyn treatment since it was the only one that worked the first time. On day three of treatment, I saw him start to swim sideways and freaked out - I just knew he was a goner. I took him out immediately and put him in fresh water. He very clearly has SBD because he sinks like a rock and swims in twirly circles. Plus his swim bladder is very distended.
I have done three days of epsom salt baths because he refuses to eat the pea. He did go potty yesterday morning, but no improvement. I don't think he is constipated. I've fasted him for 5 days, but he won't eat anything anyway. I'm terrified he is going to die! PLEASE HELP ME.
He is in about 2in of water. It's a container floating in his bowl. Water is heated to about 79-80 degrees (thermometer is not super precise). I am changing his water daily after every bath (it's all the same temp bc I float it in his bowl to warm it up). He is completely listless and pitiful with a swollen belly. There also appears to be blood in his right fin by his gill. He struggles to breathe and his gills work at a very rapid pace. It's so so so so sad to watch my poor boy suffer. What else can I do?!