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Old 04-20-2013, 10:23 PM   #561
 
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I really understand what you mean. . . it is so difficult to diagnose and treat fish, and even in very clear-cut cases I always find myself second-guessing. You lost your baby, it's heartbreaking. . . I know I'd feel the same as you, and it isn't a happy place to be. . .

Moving and medicating fish causes stress, always. And we know that stress can lead to all kinds of problems, even death - there is no denying that fact. In some cases, it is okay to leave a fish to let nature take its course, but sometimes there are other factors to take into consideration. Your little friend did seem to be happy enough before you began treatment, but from what I've read, bacterial infections have the potential to cause a great deal of suffering, especially once they enter the bloodstream. The issue on his tail was spreading. . . it is very possible that it was only a matter of time before he started to have very serious complications. Once his system was compromised, the chances of him surviving treatment for a cure would have been even lower.

Remember also that there are other animals to take into account here. With a bacterial infection, there comes the very real possibility that the illness could spread, potentially bringing harm to fellow tank-mates. How much worse to lose three over one? The only other solution you could have chosen to keep everyone safe would be to move the affected fish into isolation for the remainder of his life. I don't know that this would have been better, or ultimately ended worse as the infection spread. It's all speculation now. . . but as leery as I am of medicating, I honestly think that I would have made the same choice as you.

You care well for the creatures under your care, I love that about you. Be sad for a life lost, I'm sad, too. . . but please, John - don't blame yourself. You didn't do anything wrong by trying to help him heal. . .
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:04 PM   #562
 
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Remember also that there are other animals to take into account here. With a bacterial infection, there comes the very real possibility that the illness could spread, potentially bringing harm to fellow tank-mates. How much worse to lose three over one? The only other solution you could have chosen to keep everyone safe would be to move the affected fish into isolation for the remainder of his life.
Ohh that's something I didn't know! So maybe it was for the best then. If my whole tank would have gotten infected I don't know what I would have done!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:22 AM   #563
 
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*nods* I really do think you made the best decision you could have, based on the information that you had. . . you're a good fishkeeper, John. I'm sorry that this one didn't have a happy ending, but you did the best you could.

Now I need some happy news. How are those ADORABLE little Cories doing?!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:22 AM   #564
 
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The Corys are doing great still!! I have a bunch of yard work to do today but if I get time later I will try and get some pics/videos of them for y'all.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:51 AM   #565
 
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GO! Get that yard-work done. . . I want to seeeee the babies! :)
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:43 PM   #566
 
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GO! Get that yard-work done. . . I want to seeeee the babies! :)
Haha Patience Jes!!
I am about half way done. I have a big yard and I have to push mow it as I live on a hill. I got the mowing done but still have to weeded the yard, bank, and along my fence. Then I have to pick of my sticks and burn them and I only have 2 hrs left before I have to leave. Oh plus I have to get water changes in today some how too! Graham I have a bunch of stuff still to do! I promise I still atleast get some pics.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:52 PM   #567
 
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lol, it's okay - I project impatience, but I haven't even had a chance to update MY tank log yet. Believe me, I understand busy :)
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:38 PM   #568
 
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Grrrrrr..... I wish my stupid phone would quit auto-correcting what I type!!!
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #569
 
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I must admit that I find it somewhat entertaining! ^.^
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:45 PM   #570
 
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Yeah well when I come back read what I wrote just find out its not what I wrote and its been longer then 20 mins and I can't fix it. It aggravates me!
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