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Old 09-02-2010, 10:30 AM   #11 
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I hope he gets better!!! <3
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:52 PM   #12 
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I'm resurrecting this just in case anyone has a new opinion on what could be wrong.

For the past week (maybe two weeks by now) Freddie has been extremely lethargic. It got to the point where yesterday I began floating him in a cup in his tank so he wouldn't have to swim for air.

He's eating/pooing normally but besides that all he does is lay in his tank. He looks a little bloated so I'm going to fast him today and treat him for parasites just in case he has them. From what I can tell he doesn't have them but maybe I'm overlooking them. His pellets are soaked in garlic like all my fish so I would think that would prevent him from getting parasites.

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Tank specs
2.5 gallons cycled (0ppm ammonia and nitrite; 5ppm nitrate)
77*F
gravel and plastic plants, no tank mates
only additive is Prime

Last water change was Sunday (9/5) and he was given fresh clean water in a critter keeper today for these pictures.


None of my other fish are sick.
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:06 PM   #13 
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:( :( :( That's exactly what Fishy was doing. Then he perked up for a while, then I came back today from my long weekend and... well... he was swollen up and almost gone. I put him in a cup with clean warm water, but he only lived a few more hours. I pray that Freddie perks back up though. I'm sorry.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:12 AM   #14 
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He's beginning to pine cone :'( He can barely move.

If he's alive when I make it back from class I'll see what my options are but I think at this point it might be best to just put him to sleep.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:30 AM   #15 
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I'm so sorry to hear that 1fish.. if he doesn't make it you gave him a better life than anything he might have known had someone else taken him home.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:53 PM   #16 
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Oh no... :( i'm so sorry this happened.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:58 PM   #17 
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Thanks guys. He's still hanging on but I don't think there is much time left.

People on my other forum seem to think he might have an internal bacterial infection. At this point he is most likely in organ failure so I don't think medication is going to help him. I'm just going to keep him as comfortable as possible and if he is not gone by tomorrow I'm going to go ahead and euth him... I don't want him to suffer.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:16 PM   #18 
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Not to be depressing but how do you euth a fish?
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:18 PM   #19 
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There are many ways. Some aren't as nice as others. The most accepted humane way is to use clove oil. It anesthetizes the fish before actually euthanizing it.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:40 PM   #20 
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That's what my guppies had. :( The only thing you could do is try medicated food but usually they're off their food by the time you realize they're that sick.

I'm sorry. You know what's best. I hope he goes peacefully either way.
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