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post #81 of 106 Old 10-05-2010, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Danielle, if that's him liking something, I'd hate to see what he looks like when he loves something
Actually, that's a typical Pitt "I'm so relaxed and loved" expression. Don't worry Danielle, I know your dog is SPOILED, as he should be!

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post #82 of 106 Old 10-07-2010, 11:55 AM
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It's been 3 days since the last picture. How's he looking today? And yes, I am stalking your fish.
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post #83 of 106 Old 10-07-2010, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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It's been 3 days since the last picture. How's he looking today? And yes, I am stalking your fish.
LOL, and I'm stalking him. I sneak up on him, just to check how his sight is progressing, or the lack of progession I should say.
He still backs away when I approach so I know he has some sort of vision left. He doesn't "see" me until I'm about a foot in front of the tank so I suspect he is only seeing shadows out of that eye, but still, that's something considering the extent of his injury.
Pics are a little tough to take right now. I'm no longer medicating him with antibiotics but I am treating the water with Indian Almond leaves. The leaves stain the water heavily which makes taking pictures impossible. I'm using the leaves based on my own research. They are reputed to stave off bacterial infection and my fish seems to be doing very well. It's tough to keep a barebottom tank (with no plants) at the same ph as the Discus display tank so the leaves are doing a great job of maintaining the QT tank at the exact same ph as the display. I'm getting ready to do a 90% w/c and I will try to take a pic. The water I use for the changes is already aged and stained so doubtful a pic will be any good. But, he's doing GREAT, thanks for asking!!

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I remember quite a while back you had potted plants in your QT tank. That never worked out?

It will be interesting to see if the Indian Almond Leaves work. Was he on the Furan-2 long enough now? Is this just an extra precaution or a bit of an experiment?
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I remember quite a while back you had potted plants in your QT tank. That never worked out?

It will be interesting to see if the Indian Almond Leaves work. Was he on the Furan-2 long enough now? Is this just an extra precaution or a bit of an experiment?
No, the potted plants work great, but I removed them while treating for this eye injury. Not sure what type of effect the Furan-2 would have had on the plants. I'm also treating the tank with salt and I know plants HATE salt, so I removed plants prior.
Normally I would never recommend using salt with freshwater fish but TWO Discus pros w/ 40 years experience between themselves advised that I do. I'm not going to argue with that! I did two rounds of Furan-2 treatments (eight doses) and was told that was all that was needed. Now it's nothing but clean water treated with salt, changed every other day and the addition of the leaves. The leaves are a precaution (not an experiment, I'd never do that!) and have been used by other Discus keepers with good results. The leaves might not help, but they will not hurt.

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post #86 of 106 Old 10-07-2010, 01:49 PM
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Wow, Kym. As much as it stinks to have to go through this with him, I am impressed with all that you are learning having dealt with it.

I didn;t actually mean an 'experimint' like it could harm him. More like either it will help or do nothing
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post #87 of 106 Old 10-12-2010, 02:30 PM
Sooo...updates please my dear!! : ) Id love to see how he's doing..

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Me too, me too!!
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post #89 of 106 Old 10-14-2010, 09:41 PM
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I'm glad to see that the injury is healing up well. I originally wanted to comment in this thread about the wonderful product that is Melafix. I used it in my 125g community tank, plants and all for a week and it cured an outbreak of popeye amongst my Eels and Bettas.

Stumbled on this thread as I accidentally overdosed my tank with Melafix today =\

After a 10% water change, I've got a couple of female Bettas that aren't looking too good, but the males are ok. The Plecos are acting a little funny though, like they're stoned.
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In that case I'd do a minimum of 50% but preferably more to get the Mrlafix out of the tank. 10% isn't going to do much for a overdose.
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