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Old 10-20-2009, 12:57 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Button tried a suicide dive!!

So I'm treating Button for a highly aggressive case of tail/fin rot and I did a complete disinfection of his bowl today. Well, while I was cleaning his bowl out, he decided to jump out of the mug I had him in. I ended up finding him very shortly after he jumped (he was still kinda flopping around), but he's not using his left pectoral fin and is missing a few scales now. He also looks awful since his slime coat pretty much sloughed off and he's barely moving.

I was disinfecting his bowl to start another round of Maracyn today which I have now added to the bowl, but I was wondering if there were any other measures I should be taking? I've already turned his bowl into a salt bath and I was already thinking of getting some Maracyn-Two tomorrow or Saturday since his fin rot is not improving at all (it's getting worse). Are there any other medications that would prevent infection and/or help clear up his fin/tail rot? I'm getting a little desperate at this point, he's had the fin/tail rot for almost two weeks now and even with Maracyn it's only gotten worse...

Sorry for the babbling... I'm still in heart-attack-where-did-my-fishy-go-holy-crap-he-jumped mode... *breathes* Any help would be appreciated!!
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:17 PM   #2 
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take a breath...........in...........and...............ou t

at least you found him in time.

do you have any stress coat? it helps add the slime coat back to the fish when its been injured
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:43 PM   #3 
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I put some stress coat is his bowl... he's very lethargic right now and looks a bit like he's shaking He's also beaching himself on his plant and mug and not moving except for some minor gill movement and occasionally going to the top to breathe. I hope he makes it, he's had some pretty rotten luck recently. I guess I'll pick up some Maracyn-Two tomorrow between classes and work and hope for the best...
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:52 PM   #4 
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well hes probably in a state of shock and freaked out. maybe keep his tank dark and quiet so he bring his stress level down a bit too
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:34 PM   #5 
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I agree with everything Christina said. The stresscoat should help his slime coat and keeping his tank dark and quiet should help too.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:10 PM   #6 
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Ya i dropped a fish in the sink once, he was legthargic and even layed on his side for a day or so, but he was back to himself after that. Dont worry!
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:14 PM   #7 
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He's finally perking up a bit and swimming around. What I'm really worried about is whether or not he'll get another infection on top of the nasty case of fin/tail rot that he already has.
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:33 PM   #8 
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chloe likes to take the leap of faith probably once a month, even if i put something over the bowl when i clean her tank, she still manages to find her way out, she is always slow to come around but after about 16 hours max she is back to normal, i dont get her sometimes
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:09 AM   #9 
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magdalaine, have you tried a little aquarium salt in the water. it aids in prevention of infections

since i have so many bettas, i typically mix and dissolve 1 heaping tablespoon of aquarium salt to 5 gallons of water. then i change their water with it
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:11 PM   #10 
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Thanks so much for being so nice! I worry so much about Button since he has the most rotten luck ever (fin/tail rot, tail biting, fungual infections, suicide dives...)! He's doing a lot better now, he's acting like his normal self and eating and being active but his fin/tail rot is getting progressively worse. I'm going to give the Maracyn until Saturday evening to stop the progression and then I'm probably moving on to a combo with Maracyn-Two or possibly something stronger...

Thanks all! I'm hoping Button recovers soon!
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