I just wanted to post the successes of one of my amazing boys whom some might recall my frantic calls for help some weeks ago in the illnesses thread.
While perusing my local fish store I noticed a very sorry young man, shriveled fins, bloated belly...and floating like a cork, flopped onto one side much to his distress. I was rather taken aback to be honest and being a rather quiet person I left, telling myself that I didn't have the tank space...but he kept haunting me.
It was his determination, in a tiny little decorative bowl with nothing in it, he was still swimming straight down with determination, he was going to touch the bottom if it killed him.
A call to my mum to convince me not to went the other way (I should have known better coming from my family...animals come before people in most cases) and soon I was in a taxi on my way home. I didn't even make a fuss at the store, even when I bought a gallon tank and a suction leaf and the lady rather condescendingly told me I at least needed food for him. I informed her I had the heater and proper provisions at home but that he would need a separate hospital tank...she didn't dare glance at the bag after the initial peer in to check, she knew darn well what I was saying.
This is my boy an hour after he was fully transferred into the tank and allowed to settle.
After he survived the first night I decided the little fighter needed a name to help him along. so in the tradition of his two brothers Kaida and
Kenji I chose the name Kenta- 'he who is in good health'
Well its been a few weeks now, Epsom salts and clean water managed to alleviate the floating issues and an antibiotic course managed to shrink some of the belly swelling.
Hes now alert and crazy as anything. Still has a little barrel chest and one of his caudal fins points completely the wrong way, but the rest of his fins and scales are perfect.
I just wanted to share these pictures with people so they can share the joy. Hes here as much from all of your help and advice as he is from me being in the right place at the right time.
Taken before and during frozen bloodworm day :) getting him to hold still was a challenge.