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Old 11-27-2010, 12:34 PM   #11 
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Sadly it doesn't sound good-regardless of treatment-there is no magic cure or treatment and any treatment can take several days before you will see any improvement- at this point treating the symptoms is all you can do-the damage from poor water quality can be deadly....but don't give up too soon-keep up with the Epsom salt (Not aquarium salt) and 100% water changes and hope for the best, however, if he seems to be suffering-humane euthanasia may be best.....

The combination of not enough water changes in a 1gal, use of aquarium salt, multi different medications used and over feeding can be really hard on a fish and added on top is his age...his system is most likely shutting down.....sorry......

How much Epsom salt are you using?

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Old 11-27-2010, 01:44 PM   #12 
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I put in a teaspoon - I'm really panicking now because he's having trouble coming up to breathe!
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:23 PM   #13 
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maybe you can try and lower the water level a bit so it's easier for him to go up to the surface for air
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:03 PM   #14 
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Yes, lower the water level so he doesn't have to struggle to get to the top-you can also go up to 3tsp/gal of the Epsom salt (Not aquarium salt) I would start with increase of 1tsp/gal at a time...you want to keep him in the Epsom salt for best effect-dissolve it first in the pre-mix 1gal jug of dechlorinated water and any oak leaves you have and use this water for 100% water changes every day keeping the water temp between the old and new water within a couple of degrees of each other so not to shock him with sudden temp changes-no food, no filter, no light a dark quite location is best...good luck....
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