12-19-2012, 02:27 PM
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I showed your message to my daughter for a second opinion (she is a vet)
She recommends immediate treatment, considering you calling the ghost's stomach being like a ball.
The treatment will take you some time and dedication but needs doing to save your fish.
I will let her type from now on.
I would try a combination of feeding the peas and daphnia, and also isolate the affected fish in case it is due to bacterial infection.
I would treat him with a combination of maracyn and maracyn 2. Keep the lights off as they are light sensitive.
Do a good water change before treatment, then try to not do any water changes for 5 days.
After 5 days, do 2 water changes 12 hours apart, 50% each time.
Then do another 5 days treatment.
The combination of maracyn and maracyn 2 should kill any bacterial cause. Still keep trying peas and daphnia.
It will not cure it if it is due to a virus or parasites, but we will sort that out later at the moment we need him to poo.
Isolate the fish if at all possible to prevent any possible infection from spreading to the other fish as well as not medicating fish that don't need it.
The maracyns will cloud the water, this is normal. They will also reduce the amount of oxygen available, so either lowering the water level to create a larger splash effect, or adding a bubbler or airstone will be helpful. Keep us posted on how they are doing.
Last edited by Shewbert; 12-19-2012 at 02:33 PM..