*My biggest concern right now is getting this fish to eat*
I found a female crowntail at PetSmart floating on her side at the top of her cup of blue water, bloated and surrounded by uneaten food. Management gave her to me for free because they knew they wouldn't be able to help her, but thought I might be able to. She looked like she was on the brink of death. Her gills weren't moving at all and she only moved when her cup was jarred. She could not swim down from the surface even when she tried - she was extremely buoyant.
-Small tupperware (larger and more shallow than store cups) QT 'tank' floating in my cycled 20 gallon
-Temp: 79 degrees
-Tomorrow she is being moved to float in the 5 gallon tank with my baby betta, as the water is a warmer 81 degrees, which I think would benefit her.
-Daily water changes
-Water is treated with stress coat, 2 tsp/gallon of epsom salt (1 tsp was not helping) and a small amount of IAL
-Brought home July 2nd - floating in a tupperware QT container in my heated and cycled 20 gallon
-Treated water with 1 tsp/gal of epsom salt, stress coat, and some IAL
-Upped the dose to 2 tsp/gal the next day, as she continued to be extremely lethargic and generally appeared to be dead
-Daily water changes
Currently she is doing remarkably better. She is managing to float upright more often now rather than on her side. Her gill movement has increased and is just slightly exaggerated. She is much more active and often does laps around the edge of the container, lthough her activity is frantic as if she's frustrated that she can't swim down from the surface of the water.
She had a small bowel movement yesterday, but the poop was loose and green.
She has not eaten in the three days that I have had her. The first few days I figured it was fine, that she was constipated and needed to clear out and rest. But now I'm beginning to be concerned. How long can she safely go without food? And how can I get her to eat?
I've tried giving frozen food, different types of pellets, pellets soaked in garlic juice... none have worked. No pet stores within reasonable driving distance have live food available, although if I get desperate I'll make the hour drive to get her live food. I'm honestly not sure she'll eat it, though.
Does anyone have suggestions? I'm encouraged by the improvement she's showing and I think she may just pull through, but I don't want to have her come through it and end up starving to death.
Here's a video of her from early this afternoon (she's doing even better since), and below is a picture from the morning after I brought her home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii6bxef2z-c