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  1. Thanks! We are still doing well. Today is day 5 of treatment and it's still steady improvement. I think we're sort of at a plateau after his scales and bloating came down. He is still soft, but I think (hopefully its not wishful thinking!) he is slightly firmer than before. He is not floating now with the MM's and a pea everyday. I think I will go ahead and order some Progold since that is one food I have not tried yet. Maybe Pacha won't float on that once his treatment is over. Does anyone know Rick's number? I've lost it...again.
  2. Its really remarkable that he improved so much. Im seriously wondering if the addition of the prazi and the higher than normal temperature is what maybe made a difference. But! You must give yourself significant credit as well! You recommended the majority of his treatment plan so YOU are a big part of his success Just sayin'
  3. Quite frankly, I have no idea if he had a soft belly before or after. I'd like to hope it was before if that's the case. I'll follow the treatment plan you have suggested accordingly. Here's today's photos: Its a huge improvement. Even the lifted scales under his chin are pretty much gone. The bloating subsided as of today as well. He's still soft but it's looking up for sure.
  4. I want to say it wasn't injury, although it is possible. Now that you said that though...the fact that there is a soft belly would typically be indicative of infection right? I began notice a slight tilt to his/her swimming...probably 1 month ago. A certain type of food would resolve it for a few days, then it would come back so I'd try something else and the cycle would repeat. As you said though, all I can do is treat what we see and go from there. Thanks again for all your help
  5. After keeping a close eye of Pacha this evening it looks like I actually have a good shot at winning this after all. The lifted scales are practically gone, which I find very odd, but I am grateful for nonetheless. There is still some bloating and he is still soft in the belly though. I'm thinking he'll stay in QT at least a couple weeks. I'll probably carry out another couple days of epsom salt and will definitely follow through with the prazi rounds. Should I be doing 3 or 4 rounds? I know the first time I did 5 or 6 but that wasn't too long ago so I figure I don't need quite as many. I will follow through with whatever instruction I am given though. Tonight also brought up the question of long term goals. Now that I am aware that this is a very sensitive fish how can I resolve this once and for all? I've tried everything under the sun that I could think of to get rid of this swim bladder problem and somewhere along the line the dropsy was a result of that. Whether this was bacterial, parasitic, genetic etc is what I want to know. Are there any successes with a swim bladder disorder and dropsy combination? I'll update his photos tomorrow after his W/C.
  6. Good news! The scales have gone down tremendously as of this afternoon. Not perfect, but significantly better. To be honest, I'm not sure of his weight. I don't have a scale on hand but I can look into one. I'll do a water change here shortly.
  7. Ok, getting around to the chart....Please, keep in mind the parameters will be for the QT tub. However, I will also include the main tank in parentheses just in case. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 ppm (0 ppm, main) * Nitrite Level (tank) 0 ppm (0 ppm, main) * Nitrate level (Tank) 0 ppm (10 ppm, main) * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0-0.25 ppm? * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 8.20 (I believe my pH is slightly high however is it very consistent) * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 8.20 (The kH value as reported by the St Petersburg Department of Water Utilities is 132-217 ppm Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Test Kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s) 2 Tetra Whispers EX45 with flow rate of 240 gph (total of 480 gph) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * Water temperature? 75 F * How often do you change the water and how much? 90% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?Saturday (5 days ago) 90% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallons, running 9 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fish, about 3 in * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy, Thera A formula and peas, 1x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) Pacha has been experiencing SBD for a few weeks. Ive been trying to resolve it with different foods, lowering the water. Nothing helped. He angles with his head downwards and butt upwards most of the time and after eating is typically completely upside down. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing as of yesterday, but today was fully pineconed and bloated. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Some bottom sitting after the floats are over but nothing extensive. After he gets over the floating he regains movement and will always eat again, only to float again. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.go. Only salt and prazi when he was first introduced to the tank months ago * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Pacha is in QT now. It is a 10 gallon tank (I chose to use the tank instead of a tub to have more visibility from the sides since he is dropsied) with a bubbler and heater. As Helen suggested he is being medicated with both, Prazi and epsom salt at the recommended doses. I've also gone out on a limb and raised the temperature to 80 F, which is slightly higher than generally suggested. I lost the last fish with dropsy at 78 F, so maybe the warmer temperature will aid healing better. Interestingly enough, he is not lethargic or clamping considering how swollen he was. So this is a good sign and I'll keep monitoring him. I have never used MM's before, so can anyone tell me the recommended dosage and the frequency with which to feed? He has only had 3 pellets so far and a pea with a granule of epsom.
  8. Ok, great. Thanks Helen I prefer 100% W/C's when there's not a cycle on the QT tubs. I'm on my way out to purchase one since I threw out the appropriately sized one and the other is smaller than I'd like. I need new tubing for the bubbler since that was discarded as well. Thanks for the help. I'll let you know when everything is set up. Go get some rest - I feel like you never sleep lol.
  9. I do have it in liquid form. I will add the accordingly. The QT tub won't have a filter, just a bubbler so I assume I dose back in every time for the days to be medicated and then remove as usual, then adding back in since my W/C's will be daily. Correct?
  10. I don't believe there was any cross contamination... I was careful to QT everything I used for that fish and once it passed everything was discarded. I would take care of my fish first and then deal with the sick one to be sure that I wasn't bringing anything in because sometimes even washing your hands once or twice doesn't get everything off. It has also been upward of two months since that fish passed, I think. But I suppose even with all the measures I took, it's possible. Yes, it is possible Pacha is a female. I haven't had any confirmation and there hasn't been any chasing but I've never confirmed him/her a male. I'm about to start everything. I just wanted to wait for Pacha to finish eating the meds before moving him(?) around. Thank you. I plan to fill out the table at the top once I get the QT set-up. Just wanted to get the ball rolling.
  11. Hi guys, I'm sorry I haven't been around lately. I got deflated after losing that rescue fish with worms and dropsy. I took it real hard :/ I've also been getting my butt kicked by med school So I'm back today because Pacha has been fighting SBD for a while now. Immediately after eating he was belly up no matter what I fed. It could be Repashy, Thera A, etc. - in the end he's upside down. So last Saturday I started him (and the whole tank) on peas only for a week. Today was day 5. He was taking the peas pretty well, not as much floating and he was pooping fairly normal, consistent poops the color of peas. Last night he was fine, this morning he was bloated and fully pineconed. The only thing I can think of is that being upside down so much has caused this issue. I still routinely clean out the filters every other week, perform 90% W/C's weekly and monitor the parameters. I imagine there couldn't be anything bacterial in there considering none of the other fish are affected. I've included photos. They're all shots from above because he is temporarily in a tiny tub within the tank that has limited visibility but I wanted to make sure he got the meds ASAP. He had just eaten MM's so of course, he was belly up. He is squishy, which is a concern. The pineconing is fairly extensive and is even visible below the mouth in the "chin" area. I've not had the time to set up QT yet. I will do that now. It'll be approximately 15 gallon (20 gallon tub but accounting for not filling it up all the way) and I'll heat it to 77-78 F with epsom. Is there anything anyone can think of?
  12. I'm so sorry Laura Sometimes there's just nothing you can do, but you did everything humanly possible. I'm sure he knew you loved him very much.
  13. Wow! Thats awesome Shes beautiful
  14. Hi! Welcome to the forum! Sorry you're having trouble with your fish. It would be very helpful if you could fill this form out so that everyone here can best assist you and if you can post the photo as soon as you are able so we can see what you're talking about. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): * Nitrite Level (tank) * Nitrate level (Tank) * Ammonia Level (Tap): * Nitrite Level (Tap) * Nitrate level (Tap) * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * Water temperature? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  15. Thanks girly! I'm seriously hoping to breed him one day and when the time is right. He's got some awesome qualities Thanks Deb!
  16. I just want to chime in on this really quickly to share my experience with a fused mouth... Alex, I'm just curious...is it possible it may not be flukes? I don't know if you remember but when I first got Ponyo she was just fine, and within a few weeks of having her, her mouth began to close off pretty quickly. I was in a frenzy because the only fish that saw fish in the area refused to operate due to her small size and she wasn't able to eat. It was Sakura (I believe) who notified me that another member here on the forum had owned a fish with a similar issue and that he had some success and the fish eventually passed of unrelated cause. So I started assist feeding and as she got stronger, we tried gel food and she learned to hand feed extremely small pieces. A year and a half later, she is still with me and every day that she grows the size of her mouth grows with the rest of her body. She is probably the most active fish in my tank and my pride and joy for her fighting attitude. I just wanted to throw that out in case it can save that little fish's life. The pale color and lack of activity may just be due to lack of nutrition. It very well may be flukes and he may be far beyond repair but if it is solely a defect like my Ponyo's then it is worth trying. The thing is, your opinion is incredibly well respected here on the forum and I have trusted you several times, so if you deem otherwise than I think bulldogging is in great hands.
  17. Thanks! Thank you Hopefully he keeps his big booty! It's very interesting...almost seems like he's going from panda to kirin colored. It'll be fun to watch for sure! Thank you! Hahha yes! Thanks! Thanks shell! Me neither, you know how it goes loving the fishkids equally Thanks very much! They do all the work themselves, I just toss the food in! Lol big eyes seem to be a common trend in my tank... Thanks!
  18. I'm convinced that they do it on purpose! Lol. This is my second panda to lose panda coloration. Marley was a solid panda as a baby..well now she a tri-color! Your ferret must be super cute though Thanks! Yeah, it's becoming a silvery tone now - I'm curious to see what he ends up being when he's fully grown Thank you He is a panda! His color has just changed so much. Hopefully he keeps some panda coloration. Ahh!!! I want a panda sooo bad! The LFS I go to sometimes had one but he is gone now. I think I will probably have a hard time finding one. I plead the 5th if he comes missing.... lol It's a long way to travel and be prepared to fight to the bitter end for him! Haha The only thing I can say is to just keep your eyes peeled. I looked a long time for both my pandas and it was well worth the wait.
  19. Thanks! Yeah, it's becoming a silvery tone now - I'm curious to see what he ends up being when he's fully grown Thank you He is a panda! His color has just changed so much. Hopefully he keeps some panda coloration.
  20. I realized the other day that I haven't put up any photo of the tank since adding Pacha so I took a few after their W/C the other day. They've all changed quite a bit and grown a tad. Eventually I'll get some photos of their holiday digs, that like a dummy, I did after these photos. Here they are! The biffles! Pacha used to be almost all grey/black. I actually chose him in hopes he'd keep his black...guess the joke was one me! Lol Ponyo's typical face. That's my everyday greeting from Marley. It was like bumper cars in there! That's all this time! More to come! Thanks for looking
  21. They're all so beautiful. Sherby has always been my fav
  22. That's so awesome Sakura! I would never have thought to frost my tank like that but I did put up snowflakes similar to yours!
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