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Old 12-13-2010, 01:56 PM   #1 
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Red face Walmart pity buys: amonia poisoning/ lethargic

As I was at walmart yesterday at 2 am .... I randomly entered their fish section and was saddened by what I saw as usual... and I managed to walk out with two new fish. Meet Lion and Zeke two male crowntails.
Lion I believe has ammonia poisoning, his gill covers are always open and gills inflamed red (or whats left of them they look eaten away) and was very lethargic last night when I got him. This morning however he closed one on the right side a little more. Last night I did a 100% water change for both and moved Lion into a shallower container so he could reach the surface easier. This morning Lion seems active and is swimming around in a half open flare but is still breathing heavy and will take breaks at the bottom clamping his fins. They are both at 78 F I will be floating their containers in a heated aquarium soon near 80 F. Zeke on the other hand is is lethargic and swim clamped fined all the time. However I manged to get him to eat. He looks like he'll come around given clean water. Anything else I can do for them?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:57 PM   #2 
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You could add in some aqua salt to help with the gill inflammation. And keep up with the water changes.. And a higher temp would help as well.
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ok thank you :)
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Hope they make it!
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Just try to improve their conditions slowly. If you have some methylene blue, that can be helpful for ammonia burns and to discourage external parasites and whatnot. Try to get them to eat high quality foods like frozen blood worms, and fibrous foods like frozen brine shrimp and daphnia in case they have some constipation from the low temperatures at the pet store.
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There being fed on daphnia now I'm going to get brine shrimp today. I will try to get methylene blue.
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