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Meet Pirate. My daughter named him :lol: We rescued him from Petco. Already he looks so much brighter than the day we brought him home. He was clamped with some fin damage and a couple of white spots, but he's doing much better now.



 

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beautiful!!!
 

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Very nice. You can see the fin-clamp and it looks as if the top fin has fin rot. Good on you for rescuing. Do you have AQ Salt? If you do, I would treat him with at least a spoon-ful every other day. But depends on how big his tank is. If all else fails, nothing a little TLC can't handle ;)
 

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I think for now, clean water is best :) AQ salt (proper dosage: 1-3 teaspoons per gallon or one tablespoon per 5 gallons dissolved before adding) is more for severe rot, which I think he is alright, the rot isn't that bad =D
 

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I am glad to see him better!
 

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he doesn't seem to have fin rot. just a very unusual dorsal. he looks to be perfectly fine to me, and even if he does have mild fin rot, as long as his water's kept clean, he should do just fine.

he's beautiful! i love the colors on his fins. :3
 

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Thanks everyone. I started him on AQ salt treatments (1 tsp per gallon) the day we brought him home because I noticed a couple of whitish patches on his scales and he was rubbing against his treasure chest. The patches are gone and he's stopped rubbing so after a good tank scrub, we've switched to clean water changes every other day and high protein until his fins heal.

The rot is a maybe, but if that's the case it's mild. He does have a split fin which you can see in the first picture. It was really ragged the first day. It's already showing signs of improvement. With a bit of TLC, he'll heal.
 

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He's a pretty MG! Hope he heals up soon :)
 

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I keep looking at him and wondering if he actually is a halfmoon like he was labeled. What do you think?
 

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The first picture is about as good as it gets at the moment. Since he has a split dorsal, I don't want to stress him too much until he heals.
 

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Good idea. I love rescues.:angel:
 

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His fins are healing :-D This morning he has new webbing where the split is.
 

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Ugh! Now he's scratching again! I started an AQ salt treatment this morning.
 

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It ended up being ich. He developed the telltale white spots. I took out all the substrate and ornaments in his tank and I've been treating him. He's doing better today. No darting and he made another bubble nest. I'm going to keep him on the AQ for a full seven days. I do not want this coming back again.

And just to be safe, I'm replacing all the substrate and silk plants.
 
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