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Old 02-08-2011, 04:42 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Bloating won't go away!

So Mister Fishy became bloated on Sunday.

I've been fasting him, and he's been in a bowl that is in his heated tank (quarantine cause he also has a slight bit of fin rot and cleaning that is 10 times easier than his tank) with epsom salt to help the bloating since last night.

However, it doesn't seem to be helping. He's still bloated, and doesn't look any better. I can't get any daphnia, so what should I do?

Please help, I'm super worried about him :(
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:50 PM   #2 
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I don't have all the answers for bloating or dropsy but I get about half of them to get over it. If I catch it early I jave pretty good results with treatment but if they've had it for a while and their scales are sticking out like a pinecone the chances of recovery are slim. I add a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon and a half teaspoon of epsom salts with a combination of a half dose each of tetracycline and ampicillan. Try feeding small pieces of a deskinned green pea after a few days. That will get their stomach contents moving through their digestive system.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:56 PM   #3 
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Other than the bloat what are his other symptoms...has he stopped eating, not pooping, lethargic, scales sticking up...etc....

What is your water temp and how much Epsom salt are you using.....also, it can take several days for the Epsom salt to work-depending on how long he has been impacted.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:01 PM   #4 
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The water stays at 81 degrees. I used to keep it at 79 but then I discovered he's happiest at about 81 degrees.

I'm using about 1 tsp/gallon of epsom salt. He'll eat if you drop food in, and he's not swimming around as much, but I blame that on the bowl because he was moving around when he was in his tank, and last time I had him in QT he didn't swim much either. He's not pineconing, and he won't poop.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:29 PM   #5 
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Can you post a pic....how long have you had him and when was the last time you seen him poop...this can be hard since we don't sit and watch them all day...lol.....what kind and how much food do you feed....

It sounds like he just needs more time in the Epsom salt and if he hasn't pooped by tomorrow water change- I would increase the Epsom salt 2tsp/gal along with the 100% daily water changes...it takes time...
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:32 PM   #6 
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It's a little blurry but you can see how distended his stomach is :(

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4595215...n/photostream/

I don't know when the last time he pooped was, but from the looks of things, it wasn't any time soon. When I cleaned his tank yesterday before putting him in his bowl, I didn't see much of anything in the water that I took out with the gravel vacuum, and I vacuumed the whole tank really well.
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He looks more like he has a big tummy than really bloated per se....is he begging for food or responding to you when he see you......

How much and how often do you normally feed and what kind of food....normally how much and how often do you make water changes in his regular tank before you QT'd him?
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Normally I feed him 2 pellets twice a day (Morning/Evening), and switch it up for bloodworms or flakes a few times a week, and I fast him on Sundays.

And it's usually 25-50% of the water every time I make a change (He's in a 10 gallon with a filter by himself), and I change it once a week.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:23 PM   #9 
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This is what he looked like before I noticed issues (Except for the popeye that he had which did heal, he was 100% normal in those, if a bit skinny from his "I don't feel good so I won't eat" phase): http://www.flickr.com/photos/4595215...7625882930181/

This is him now. He's lost a lot of color (Although he does have some new healthy red growth on the end of his fins): http://www.flickr.com/photos/4595215...7626008232256/
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Anyoneeeee? His color is improving, thankfully. His bloat hasn't changed though.
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