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post #11 of 13 Old 09-19-2013, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by dandries View Post
If that's what you say when you're not trying to be a downer, I hate to see what you post when you're trying.

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If I were to "try" I would tell you about my experiences with what you are dealing with. I've been there. I know it sucks. I also know that it's very difficult to cure. I wish you the best of luck.

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post #12 of 13 Old 09-19-2013, 07:01 AM
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You can try making him a homemade "wheelchair" if you're up to the task. You can google this and see how they are done since I wouldn't know. It's basically a harness with a weight at the bottom to keep him right side up.
The downside is over time the harness can wear away at his slime and scales and make him sensitive to infections, however it will prolong and improve his quality of life. I do think they reach a point where there is nothing else you can do for them eventually.
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-19-2013, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Well, sadly I made the decision to put him down tonight. He became really listless and wouldn't eat. I used the clove oil method which seemed really peaceful but has left me smelling of the clove oil. It's not an unpleasant smell but what it represents is nauseating and I'm beginning to hate it.

It seems so silly to get so upset over a fish. I know I did everything I could but he was such a trooper. I miss him. It's going to be hard looking at the tank tomorrow and see he's not there.

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