12-19-2009, 06:00 AM
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My poorly fish has been acting a lot better recently, although I'm still doubtful he's been able to eat as he doesn't seem to be able to find the food. Unfortunately though, the last couple of days he's taken a turn for the worse. He's curled up his body, almost like he can't unfold himself, and he's constantly underneath the bridge huddled in the corner. Earlier I moved the bridge just in case he was stuck, but he soon found his way back under there (by twisting his way back, he can't swim properly). When I moved it earlier and he was out in the open, i pushed some food down to him, and he tried to eat it but couldn't.
I have rung round a few places for advice - my vets (that I take my cats to) said I could take him in for them to euthanize him. A fish expert shop said they could sell me some "revitiliser tonic". And the pet store i got him from said that he sounded like he has a swim bladder problem, and maybe some blood worm or special food from them may help. They did say though that if this didn't work and i did want to put him out of his misery, i could put him in a pint glass of ice water and this would kill him instantly.....i'd rather not though!
Any advice would be appreciated - he looks so poorly and sad, I don't want him to suffer anymore. But obviously if there is anything I can do to make him better i will. Alternatively, any tips on how to put him out of his misery would be gratefully received too.