Update on the sick one:
Because I run a home daycare 3 days a week, I'm not always able to go into class at pickup time to check on things. The teacher went in on Saturday to put the 1st dose of medication in the tank for me (I can't get in without her when the school is closed, anyway, so it didn't make sense for me to go in just to dump powders into the tank). We scheduled it for Monday, so that we could stick with our 'normal' water change routine - easier that way. She got the meds in at 3:00, so the next dose was scheduled for Monday at the end of day - 48 hours later. I gave her the next dose, because I can't get to the school on Monday afternoon, and. . . she forgot. *BANGSHEAD* So the 2nd dose ended up going in on TUESDAY at 8am. Next dose will be tomorrow, and . . . I'm going to try to get into the school on Sunday for a water change. The PROBLEM is that I can't get into the school without a key, and the teacher will be out of town, so I'm talking to the secretary to find out if there will be anyone around this weekend to let me in. If not, I won't be able to do a change until Wednesday. . . I can drop some charcoal in on Monday, but. . .
Question: Will they be okay 'soaking' in the meds for an extra couple of days if I can't get into the school this weekend? I'm REALLY hoping so, because it isn't looking good. I'm also hoping that being 17ish hours late for the 2nd dose won't really affect anything. . .
So this morning, the fish looked really good (comparatively) at first glance...I don't know if I mentioned that the day he stopped eating, he also started hiding in the corner, but today his appetite is wonderful, he's swimming very actively with the rest, his orange remains vibrant, and his respiration is still normal. . . all great signs! BUT. . . it looks like his spine may be bent. Not twisted, but hunched - like an upside down 'u' or a frown. It's hard to tell if it's only because he's so thin that it looks that way, but compared to the healthy Platy
that are light enough in color to see, it seems as if his spine has a definite curvature to it. Another bad sign is that there are patches on his body that seem to be darkening slightly in color. I don't know much about fish disease, and haven't had too much experience in this are, but I've read that both spine issues and 'black spots' on the skin can be signs of TB in fish (of course, so can NO symptoms). . . so now I'm even more confused as to what I should do with him. . .
Question: Have any of you ever seen this? Any ideas what else it could possibly be? Do you think I should remove him from the tank and bring him home to QT?
I imagine that since he's been in there so long already, and being the second fish to have these symptoms, the damage is done, if it's going to be. But I *think* I remember reading that fish TB is incurable - and also that the symptoms are very similar to a lot of other things. He's ACTING like he's feeling so much better, though to look at him. . . he looks terrible. I just don't know what to do!
Anyone with more experience have any advice?
With him acting so energetic and feeding so well, I feel like there's hope, but the cards keep stacking up against the poor little guy. I suppose time will tell. I'll see if I can get a picture of the poor thing this afternoon when I go in to pick up my daughter from school. *sigh*