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Old 04-07-2013, 12:22 AM   #11 
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The Lifeguard, the Maracyn that is in a bottle (Maracyn Oxy or Maracyn Plus?), and the Tetracycline can go for sure. You can probably return the Melafix as well. There is some controversy about whether or not these two "fix" meds actually do damage the labyrinth organ; I'm inclined to believe they are only damaging if they are overdosed. They are helpful for topical issues but will not do anything if another fish is struck with whatever took Angel.

That leaves the Maracyn and the Fungus Clear.

I guess that makes some sense about the testing labs, as I think it is a bit labor intensive to do a complete necropsy. But that's too bad. :( Maybe send to where Coppermoon sent hers? Basement Bettas also sent in a fish, I believe. Not sure.

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:33 AM   #12 
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It's Maracyn-Oxy.
I opened the Maracyn two, so I'm stuck w/ it.

What's odd to me is that the "Jungle" meds are labeled "use as needed remedy". I wonder what the definition of "remedy" is?

I have a lot of research to do.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:35 AM   #13 
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I will also PM Coppermoon & Basement Bettas.
THANKS so much!!!
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:42 AM   #14 
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You're okay with the Maracyn Two. It is not a good treatment for dropsy symptoms but it can work for other ailments. Also, be careful as it goes toxic after its expiration date. It also is not as effective in pH over 7.2 or so.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:01 AM   #15 
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I'm sorry about the loss of your fish. It would be very helpful to know what is killing them. This is just a thought-- the vet school at University of Prince Edward Island in Canada has an aquaculture program. Perhaps they would do a necropsy. It is a teaching facility, after all. It's important to preserve the body as best you can. Formalin is best, but I'm not sure where you could get some at this time of night. I'd probably put the fish in the fridge to keep the body cool and slow decomposition. another idea, can you collect any fecal samples? Those can be tested as well.
Again, I'm really sorry. It sounds like you're doing all you can.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:21 AM   #16 
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Sorry, i wasn't thinking when I posted earlier--even if univ of pei can help you, there may be issues shipping a dead fish internationally. In the US, the University of Florida has an aquaculture program, as does University of California Davis. Another thought, the New England Aquarium in Boston may be able to direct you to someone locally?

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:25 AM   #17 
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Right- I found a Florida lab that tests fish, but not for individual pet owners :0(
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:27 AM   #18 
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Well that just sucks:(
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:44 AM   #19 
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You said it.
Again, "it's only a fish" is the prevailing attitude!!!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:47 AM   #20 
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There is a big difference between a fish that has lived it's life as a wild fish & caught suddenly for food than a fish specifically bred for a companion animal.
Most people don't see it this way.
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