You're allergic to sulfa drugs too? I got a huge rash and swelled up like a balloon when I was a kid and I was given sulfa drugs for what turned out to be acute pneumonia. Whoo, that was a fun summer. Why do you always get sick for weeks during the summer and never during school so you can have time off? >.>
I'm glad Mags is hanging on. She's rallying back. I still worry about her back end but we'll tackle that issue if or when we come to it. Go Mags!
In the end, I know I can't put her down myself. I'm too afraid I wouldn't do it right & make a bad situation worse. I wouldn't be able to decapitate her & end it quickly. So, I guess nature will have to take it's course. I'll intervene how I can. In the meantime, I can keep her warm, clean & loved. I know Sena thinks it's better if I just do it, but I can't. If someone else was doing it, no problem. I can't even kill bugs!
Hi! Mags is still hanging on. She looks maybe a little better than last night, but not by much. I know they can sometimes look better before the end, but her breathing is better. If she's still there tomorrow, I'll start her on the meds. I'm allergic to sulfa drugs, so I may need to avoid those (esp w/out health ins for me right now-full time student). I'm going to try the tetracycline & keep up with the AQ. Thanks for the dosage instructions! She's not in much water since she can't swim well at all (slightly better today) and has problems surfacing. She's been less on her side today and still looks BAD, but is holding. Maybe she wants to fight?
If you got Triple Sulfa or Tetracycline, that's all you need to do. If you got the Maracyn combo, then fill up the other half-gallon jug and repeat with the second med. Pour 1/2 cup of that med into the 1 gallon jug. Now you can use that 1 gallon jug to fill up the tank where Mags is.
For some of the meds, the dosage changes for the following days so you'll have to discard the water and make up a new batch with the new dose. You can then save these jugs to redose the meds during the daily water changes. Keep them for about 2 days, then mix up a fresh batch.
It's a pity you can't find Kanaplex at Petsmart, it would be the best option, mixed with Tetracycline, but oh well. Anyway, I hope this helps you. You can always PM me if you need help. Dosing small tanks is a pain in the rear and I'd be lost if it wasn't for DarkMoon helping me.
Seriously? Animal cruelty? That's a new one on me. Well, since the animal rights activists don't seem to care much about the rights of fish, I doubt anyone would write you up for euthanizing Mags and ending her suffering.
I'm pleasantly surprised she survived. Is Mags in at least a gallon of water or do you think it's less than that? If it's less than that, then you'll need some kind of jug that can hold a gallon and 1-2 jugs that can hold at least half a gallon. If you get Triple Sulfa or Tetracycline, you only need 1 half gallon jug but if you get Maracyn I and II, then you'll need 2.
If Mags is in less than a gallon, then you have to mix up her water in the 1 gallon jug so fill it up and dechlorinate it. Set it aside. Fill one of the half-gallon jugs with 5 cups of dechlorinated water. Add in a dosage of the meds you got. Mix well. Now pour 1/2 cup of the medicated water into the gallon jug.
So Mags survived the night & the infection doesn't seem to be progressing anywhere near as fast. However, since her case is still so severe, I began calling vets to see about having her put down. Not a single one within a 25 mile radius would agree to do it! And it's considered animal cruelty for me to do it in this county (according to one of the receptionists I spoke to on the phone-most just laughed at me). So, Mags is living in "hospice" care here until she passes. I changed her water with the higher AQ levels and now it's just wait & see. I may stop by Petsmart on the way to the studio tonight and see what antibiotics they have. She's in such shallow water that it would be extremely hard to dose. I want to do right by her & end her suffering, but my hands are tied :(
Good luck Sakura! Hopefully the kitchen facelift will move quickly and you'll be able to prepare water easier again. Good luck with the community tank! I've never used anything other than gravel for substrate, so I imagine it's tough.
Collin is improving! However when I was cleaning Mags' tank yesterday I noticed more of her tail is missing. Looks like she might be a tail biter after all. She's at least in clean & warm water now, but I really want to get her as healthy as possible. Without a tail, she won't be able to handle her new bigger tank. Her dorsal and ventral fins still have minimal growth. Should I repeat the AQ? She seemed to be leaving it alone when I was doing that. I'm already doing that for the 2 girls I picked up the other day with bad rot.
Hope you had a good weekend! My friends kept me out too late last night & I had to be at work at 6:00 a.m. today (with a slight hangover). It's been months since I've gone out, and it wasn't much, but enough ;)
The house is over 30 years old so it's about time it got a facelift. I usually use a 5 gallon bucket and just stick it under the kitchen faucet but I think I'm going to have to use 1 gallon jugs like you. The betta tanks aren't much of a problem because I can always carry them into the bathroom and fill them up directly but the 10g sorority will be interesting. And Koichiro the koi's 37g isn't a problem because he gets hose water from outside.
The community tank got torn down because I was having a heckuva time with the soil-based substrate. Then it ended up staying torn down because I'm not sure how I'd do water changes without the kitchen sink. It's 20g so that's a lot of water. But the fish are in a barebottom 10g in the bathroom and they aren't very happy so I may have to set it up again whether I want to or not. We'll see.
Thanks. I'm guessing Collin is at least 12+ months old. He's always been small, so hard to tell. He wasn't in the best shape when I got him. Never any problems with SBD. I'm thinking it might be age related too. Poor Ry. He always checks on Bentley first & then Collin. Bentley lives here with me-there's no way I'm sending him back to my sister's house.
Good luck with the kitchen reno! Not fun to live through, but usually a good payoff in the end. We were able to add a kitchenette area in the apartment downstairs where I live so I don't have to share. My mom would really know something was up if she saw how much water I go through for the fish. She still thinks I only have 5 (when I actually have 17). Do you prepare your water in gallon jugs like me? I could never fit one under the bathroom sink. Maybe use small cups to pour in? It would take forever, but might work for a short period of time. What happened with the community tank?
I hope Collin gets better! Poor guy. How old is he? Age can sometimes play a part in swim bladder problems. :( I'll keep my fingers crossed for the little guy because that would be so sad for you and your nephew.
My weekend started with water changes for all the small betta tanks. Tomorrow it's the koi tank and the sorority and then to sit down and figure out what to do with my dismantled community tank. Meanwhile I think my parents are going to empty the cupboards in preparation for the great kitchen makeover in a week. Yay. We'll be at least two weeks without a kitchen sink, which is where I get my water from for water changes. Don't quite know what I'm going to do.