I found this old thread where oldfishlady highly recommends the use of epsom salt. Thx eden000. I'm working tomorrow, but I'll try to find some epsom salt somewhere before work. Whatever happens, GF has to find it too as I won't be off work 'til 11pm.
When I left her place an hour ago, the swelling in the eye seems to be the same as it was yesterday but the left eye has a thin layer of filmy white stuff. You really have to look at it before you notice it but it's something new. Had I seen that earlier in the day, we certainly would have gone out again in search of epsom salt but by the time we saw it, all the stores are closed. He was still following my finger, all flared up (keep reading...), so his eyesight is still ok for the time being.
If it is malnutrition, he got fed 7 pellets today, three in the morning, 2 when i got there, one at supper time and 1 more 2 hours before bed time. We'll cut back to 6 tomorrow and now that my GF knows how much to feed and what to look for, i hope it doesn't get any worse.
I saw the filmy white stuff right as I was about to leave GF's house. With nothing but aquarium salt, our options were pretty limited. There is 8L of water that has been sitting for 2 hours. May be the same temp as aquarium and we discussed pouring that in his old tank and transferring him there just so that we can be sure it is a clean environment for him, but if the reason for the popeye is bacterial, then he would simply carry it with him to the new tank. Also, until we have the salt, I didn't want to weaken his immune system by putting him through the stress of being in a new and bare environment.
The one good news that I have to report, and the reason I am so against salt/antibiotic treatment, is that even through all this, Sashi's energetic attitude has remained intact as though he weren't sick at all. No bottom dwelling emo fish here folks. In fact he is actually more active now than I've ever seen him before. Had I completed Journal #8, you guys would have known that Sashi came pre-installed with the "i'm gonna flare at anything you put up against my tank" trick. For those that don't know what that is, it involves putting a mirror against the tank, slipping a pen in between, then removing the mirror.
here's the how it's done video
Done enough times, the betta can be trained to flare at the same pen just by putting it close to the aquarium. Apparently, Sashi didn't need training. "I was born ready," he'd probably say. He did this to me day 8, day 11 to my GF. My uncle was over today, and if he is sick with some kind of bacteria, it didn't stop him from flaring when I told said uncle to put his finger agianst the tank. It was a totally new face to Sashi, and said uncle was having so much fun doing it that GF had to tell him to stop after half a minute. Obviously uncle enjoyed the spectacle that is Sashi, and Sashi maintained his flare throughout the duration of the perceived threat. Two days ago, said uncle's 3 year old grandson was over, whom I'll be referring to as Sashi's "Nemesis." First time they met I was at work, 2nd time I was there and we had to tell him to put the fish net down, he wasn't fishing Sashi out of the tank, nor was he dropping the remaining marbles in the pool cuz they weren't food. Two days ago, again I wasn't there, but GF says that Sashi knows Nemesis by his face now that even without any provocation, Sashi was already flaring at the 3 year old boy when he approached the tank. Needless to say, we are not teaching Nemesis the "follow my finger" trick.
As for his swimming, he now swims in morse code. Short speedy burst of speed, glide, short speedy burst of speed X infinity for as long as he thinks we are there to feed him. At first I thought this was a sign that he was sick that was causing him to swim that way. Today we snuck up from afar and watched him when he thought he was alone and he was swimming much more calmly. He probably just got to know his "servants," the ones that bring him food and gets all excited.
Regardless of how I feel about medications, I realize that it would be unethical of me to impose the same thing on Sashi at this stage of his life. When I was his age, I was sick a lot and my dad always gave me meds to make me feel better. It was only when I was old enough to make my own decisions that I stopped taking medicine. Tomorrow, the salt treatment begins.
A wise member of this community stated at some point (forgot who) that the bad things are the only things in this hobby that happen quick. The good things will take time. Oldfishlady's treatment schedule can take over 10 days so I'm just gonna try to keep a level head and pray that Sashi keeps his eyesight.
Was too upset last night to write #8, but compared to what we are through now, those days were so much more calmer. If I can't fall asleep, I'l have it up in 4 hours. Otherwise 28. Reminiscing bout the good old days just might be the treatment I need.
Two days ago after work, my coworkers and I hit up this restaurant where they sell hello kitty key chains and GF likes collecting them. Bought one for her and presented it the next day. Thought it was twisted when she said "I'm gonna make Sashi flare at it!" I was like "?" It's hello kitty for crying out loud. Then I realized it would be even more twisted if Sashi actually flared at Hello Kitty. You can read up all about it in journal #12. Will be resuming my journals. Compared to this, the problems I had beginning at day 8 is now actually kinda funny.