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  1. Oldfishlady
    09-24-2010 09:26 AM - permalink
    It hard for me to say without having the fish in hand, what else is he doing? what do his eyes look like, is he still responding to you? How long have you had him and how long has he been sick?
  2. Jimmysdad
    09-23-2010 03:48 PM - permalink
    If he is floating on his side is it basically over for him?
  3. Oldfishlady
    09-23-2010 02:34 PM - permalink
    I don't use antibiotic, so I can't help you with that...sorry...

    If the fish is struggling to swim, eat, in general I look at quality of life-if he still act and be a fish then I do everything I can, but when they stop having any quality of life....I end their suffering humanly....a big difference with being alive and having quality of life....however, on the same also don't want to give up too soon, only you can decide how long you want to try.....
  4. Jimmysdad
    09-23-2010 01:48 PM - permalink
    I am sorry to keep bothering you, but my fish is floating at the top on his side but is still living. Have you ever tried ampicillin? How do I know if he is suffering? he is not laboring with the breathing, but he is really bloated. he still eats and i put in the epsom salt. He is fighting his butt off to stay alive, so I feel I should do more.. am I getting carried away?
  5. Oldfishlady
    09-22-2010 12:14 PM - permalink
    I wouldn't think so, usually once the symptom of drospy (edema) shows up to the point of scales sticking up it is usually fatal with 5-7 days more due to system failure and kidney shutting down. So if he has survived for 3 weeks I would say it is bacterial in nature-look for an antibiotic that covers/treats both gram negative and gram positive bacteria. The Epsom salt can be helpful for the symptom of dropsy (edema).
  6. Jimmysdad
    09-22-2010 10:47 AM - permalink
    It can't still be dropsy if he's had it about 3 weeks can it?
  7. Oldfishlady
    09-22-2010 10:23 AM - permalink
    I use Epsom salt 1tsp/gal up to 3tsp/gal (not aquarium salt) for no longer than 10 days along with daily 100% water changes
    I keep them in the Epsom salt 24/7 a treatment not a bath/dip
    I pre-mix my Epsom salt 1tsp/gal in a clean 1g jug to make dosage and water changes easier.
  8. Jimmysdad
    09-22-2010 09:28 AM - permalink
    My betta is still living although very bloated. The maracyn two and aquarium salt do not help with the swelling. He floats at the top and and sometimes eats. Is there anything else for the bloating?
  9. karlhague
    09-21-2010 04:53 PM - permalink
    Ah thanks..

    Just trying to work out what to do with these Endlers, 2 are grey/black , the other is yellow,

    No idea how old, the lady didn't really have a clue, (she got 2 male endlers and 6 females.

    And got over run with them, So she threw some in with the shrimp, we tried separating them but they kept jumping back in the bag, so she gave in
  10. Oldfishlady
    09-21-2010 04:40 PM - permalink
    Awesome, the betta food should not be a problem for the Endlers
    Lucky Endler fry too, my Bettas gobble up guppy fry pretty fast in my Bettas have never been a problem for adult guppies...I have lots of both species all in the same tanks and only guppy newborn to 1 week old fry are in a week or so old they are too big and fast for the Bettas to natural population control...laffs.....
    My RCS adults have been safe with the Bettas but I am sure they do get some of the shrimpletts....except in one of my experimental 20g spawning shrimp don't last long with 5 females and 1 male even with all the plants, but in the 75g with all the Bettas and guppies the shrimp tank size has made a difference in my case and survival of Shrimp.....

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