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Old 04-20-2013, 07:35 PM   #71 
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Let's see . . . 1.5 tsps. That would be the half equivalent of 3 tsps per gallon, right?
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #72 
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Sounds good to me. I am wondering now if I'm going to have to scrub the whole main tank to make sure the infection isn't going to be still in there if/when either boy recovers. I really don't want another relapse like this one.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #73 
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It may not hurt to do that. Vinegar and hot water will work or a 1/10 bleach solution. If you use the bleach, rinse until you no longer smell it and then when you fill the tank back up the first time, use extra dechlorinator.

I'm mostly worried that the rot on Psusenne's tail has become resistant. :( Praying it's not.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:30 PM   #74 
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The red has receded quite a bit on Psusennes. There's lots of bits on the bottom of the tank so it is coming off. He isn't very active and neither boy has any interest in food, but he is not just flopped over on the bottom either. Too soon to tell for him. Ramesses still remains unchanged. I don't know how long he can keep going like this. He has to be uncomfortable being bloated like that.

I'm going to leave the tank until after exams. Keeping up with their medicine is going to be enough for now and neither one needs the main tank in a hurry while they're in treatment.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:42 PM   #75 
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Good luck with your exams, RillC.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:31 PM   #76 
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Well, Psusennes had looked like he was losing some color, but he's back to himself again and happily gobbling everything in sight. Ramesses on the other hand... no change. He isn't eating, barely moves unless the cup is after him, and mostly hangs out at the top of the warmest corner(closest to the room heater). He's had the 3 doses of Kanaplex and 1.5 tsp of epsom salt. Is there anything else I can try for him? He is over 2 years old and all, but if it is his time, I would like to see him out comfortable instead of being in pain. Being so bloated for so long can't be remotely easy for him and I'm really worried about him.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:50 PM   #77 
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:( I'm sorry about Ramses. Poor guy. If the Kanaplex didn't have any effect at all during the first 3 dosages then I'm not sure trying a second course will help. You can if you want but it's beginning to sound like the bloating is from fluid buildup as his organs shut down from old age. Keeping him in epsom salts will help to relieve some of that buildup but that's about al that can be done. Lowering the water level so he can easily reach the surface will help but then, that doesn't leave him a whole lot of water in a half gallon tank, does it?

I'm glad to hear Psusennes at least is recovering. Yay for that!
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:04 AM   #78 
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He hasn't had any trouble with the surface. He has more trouble staying near the bottom. He tends to hang out at the top of the tank in one corner so at least he has no trouble breathing. It's hard to think of losing him. He was my first fish. I named him Ramesses in hopes for good luck and a long life because Ramesses the Great is supposed to have lived near 90 years so I was kind of hoping he would pick up on a bit of his namesake's longevity. This is only the second time he's been sick in his whole life so I guess he's done pretty well for himself.

Psusennes has the same name pattern of a long lived Egyptian pharaoh. This one is supposed to have lived upwards of 80 years. He'll be staying in the 1/2 gallon for a while until I can get the main tank done. He's doing well and just completed the Maracyn 2 treatment, but I did see a couple of fluff bits again. I have 2 doses left out of an 8 pack so should I keep it up until those are gone, just to be safe? I don't think he'd deal well with another recurrence. I have enough fungus cure for another round of that if needed, but he really doesn't seem to like the green water then. It put him off food a bit last time.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:45 PM   #79 
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RillC, go ahead and use up the two doses if he seems like he can tolerate it.

*hugs* I'm so sorry. That's the hardest part about our bettas, is their short life span.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #80 
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I'm not sure what to make of this. Ramesses actually ate a pellet yesterday and he just ate one today. I'm not giving him more than that since he still isn't pooping at all, but he is more active than he was and was interested in the food. I'm going to keep up the epsom salt for now and see what happens. Any suggestions or thoughts on what's happening here?

Psusennes is finished his Maracyn treatment. Yesterday, he had some fluff on his dorsal, but most of that came off in the chase to cup him. I will be giving him a few days on regular water and see how that goes. I do have fungus cure on hand in case he needs that again. He's so excited for food that he lunges as soon as the tank lid is lifted, then lunges at the food and misses the first few times. His aim returns by the last pellet though when he's calmed down a bit. His anal fin looks like someone took a big round bite out of it from the fin rot, but he's doing well so far.
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