Well, I've read everything I can and done as much as I can, but my little guy just seems like the end may be near. After a water change about week ago, he seemed to have trouble swimming and was sinking to the bottom. I tried fasting him for a few days and was hoping that would do the trick, but it didn't help. I have now lowered the water level in my 10 gallon tank to about 6.5 gallons or so to make it easier for him to get to the top.
Sadly, he's just laying on the bottom on his side and pretty much not even moving. I added some tetracyline treatment today as I noticed some whiteish spots around his face. Honestly, I have changed water, tried moving him to a 1 gallon tank that for 15 minutes both yesterday that had 3 tsp of epsom salt and hoping it was just constipation. I'm probably past the point of being able to save him, but thought I'd post here one last time.
I don't know if he has swim bladder disease or some other ailment, but I wanted to get any thoughts. I'm pretty heart broken to be quite honest and have probably stressed him out as much as helped him, but there is so much info (often conflicting) on the internet. I did try to put some food in there, but he's not interested in food at all. He's a couple years or so old, and to be quite honest, is probably lucky to have lived this long and I really didn't know how to properly care for him.
I'm finally at the point that I guess I'll just let him rest and not bother him any more. I will continue tomorrow with the tetracyline treatment if he's still alive, but I'm getting close to the point that I really don't want my little buddy suffering and have considered euthanasia, but I don't really have the heart to do it.
I should also mention that I did a water test today and the levels seemed overall OK. I took it down to my local pet store and the nitrates and nitrites tested normal. I also used the strips, and realize they are not very accurate, but I've gone all out to try to save him.
Any final suggestions or thoughts? *cry*
EDIT: Is it safe to add some epsom salt to his tank? He's the only fish I have in it. If he passes on, I may wait a while before getting another.