07-06-2013, 11:28 AM
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The last fish we bought were the platys in mid-April, so it's been months.
But last night we noticed they now have severe camelanus. We tried everything and can't find medication anywhere. We tried pet stores, farm supply, vets, exotic vets that would require a 3 hour car ride each way! No one. Only one person we talked to had even heard of the medication but doesn't stock it and it'll take weeks to get it, and it's for goats, which as long as it was the same I think would have worked. We found one place online which we don't know if they're reputable or not, I've heard most places sell crap that's only like 30% of the medication, but it would cost $60 and their idea of expedited shipping is priority, which from across the country would take 5 days. (and yeah we've spent $40 bucks to save an $0.80 fish a few times!) These fish suddenly went from looking scared and not eating to laying on the bottom gasping with huge bits of red spiky worms coming out of their butts. There is no saving them. I'm crying as I type this. We had to euthanize this morning. We threw out everything but the stand and the tank since we don't trust it not to spread to other fish. I mean everything that came near the tank from the water test bottles, to food to the net and vacuum. The tank and stand are getting put in storage until I feel up to this again, I just can't right now. I'm way too upset to even think about it. We've had other things happen, but nothing like this. This is the most devastating thing we've ever had happen to a tank since I was a kid almost 30 years ago and started keeping fish. I've never in my life seen something be fine for 8-10 weeks then just kill fish so fast once they show signs. We can't even find the medicine to pre-treat any new fish if we decide to do this again. So I'm too scared to try again. Our only two local pet stores aside from petsmart are really scary and dingy looking, I don't even want to try to get fish there. There is another that is supposed to be ok, but it's a 2 hour drive. I'm wondering if mail order would be better. I have heard live aquaria or something is supposed to be good. Anyone know?