Smokey, the steelblue female VT, has just died early this morning~ and I am still trying to puzzle through how it happened.. :(
When I first noticed that she had finrot, I increased W/Cs although it appeared it didn't help and it got worse. She had been housed in a 10g tank with 2 male VTs (there were dividers in the tank!! w/cs were done every 3 days, then every 2 days- her finrot worsened.) Her finrot (that was on her tail fin) was jagged across the fin. So then I tried quarantining her in a 2g tank, and made sure I did 75% W/Cs every 2 days. I also added bettafix and IALs to her tank.
One day, she seemed to be a picky eater with her presoaked hikari bio-gold pellets, she'd spit it out 2x+ before finally eating it. She never ate again.. 2 days later, she showed the symptom of dropsy :( :( Following advice on the internet, i added aquarium salt to her tank, as well as Maracyn 1 and 2. 2 days ago, someone here advised me that it should've been epsom salt that i should've used!! I was very upset that I probably worsened her condition/tortured her further~ Over the past 4 days, I literally watched her disintegrate......... :( This morning, her topfin was completely missing, and scales were falling off of the top of her head.... I couldn't bear to watch her suffer. :(:(:(
I don't understand how this happened! I fed her (and the 2 VT boys, 1 CT) presoaked pellets and boiled frozen peas. And I did W/C, and they have a filter/heater...... :( They never had any major illnesses back when I had them housed in 1.5g bowls, w/o heaters/filters!!!! I don't understand what is happening?
Could finrot be a symptom of something else???? Of the 3 boys, one of the VTs and the CT appear to have finrot/splits in their fin......... I think I saw the VT chasing his own tail (though he has never been a tailbiter before!) and I have no clue why the CT is missing parts of his tail!
Does anyone have any input??? I would appreciate any that you have!