Well, it's happened before, the wounds/HITH, and the water quality, and it got fixed. Like we started doing water changes to fix it and it worked. I have to re-test this water though, our holiday I think is now reduced to 2 weeks. I went to America in May for 2/3 weeks and the condition was worse back then but when I got back, he was still alive, so, I would say he would be alive if I got back had him for 5 years so far.
I've been following this post, and just feel so sorry for the fish! So, your 14 and perhaps have limited control on what you can buy and do for this fish, but something doesn't seem right. How can your tank look of such poor water quality when you said you did a 75% water change last Wednesday? I think you should stop worrying splitting hairs over what your fish has and just focus on water quality. It sounds like your fish won't survive long term, so make his last days/months of some quality, which it sounds like he hasn't had. Quality of life is the most important for animals over just how long you can keep him alive.
You shouldn't be worried about Ph, but should be concerned about ammonia and nitrites and nitrates. I feel for your little guy.
As a parent to a 12 year old, and a house full of animals, I believe adults with children need to take ultimate responsibility for pets. I'm guessing you got this fish, and your parents have said they'd do nothing, and it's your responsibility - but if you're taking family trips and no one is putting a house/pet sitter in charge, it's just a bad thing.
I'd tell you to rehome it, but no one would adopt it in the condition it's in. Do right by this poor creature, and just do frequent water changes, and when you get back from your July vacation, the poor thing will probably be dead. I'd imagine with an auto feeder, your putting lots of waste in the tank, creating lots of nitrates, and your fish is probably not eating anyways. I'm only saying this, because I think you really need a strong message, as it seems like you don't hear some of the advice you've been given thus far. No disrespect intended
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