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Old 08-26-2011, 12:45 AM   #11
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ok so i put him in my cycled 10 gallon tank to monitor him. He is still just sitting at the bottom breath rapidly...

If i decide to get some meds for him what should they be exactly...i just don't know what to get because i don't know what im trying to treat.

Also should i be running charcoal at the same time as the meds?
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:16 AM   #12
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Try using salt as a treatment first. Lots of areation (air stone in tank). Use 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons, you can increase this after a few days if no results. I personally wouldn't go over 2 to2.5 tsp per gallon. If you decide to use meds, Praziquantel is a good one for parasites, and it is a little more gentle than some other meds. Don't use carbon in the filter when treating with meds, The carbon will remove the meds.
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Try using salt as a treatment first. Lots of areation (air stone in tank). Use 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons, you can increase this after a few days if no results. I personally wouldn't go over 2 to2.5 tsp per gallon. If you decide to use meds, Praziquantel is a good one for parasites, and it is a little more gentle than some other meds. Don't use carbon in the filter when treating with meds, The carbon will remove the meds.
Scaleless fish cannot tolerate salt. IMO You don't treat until you find out whats wrong.


Shortyusa, is it possible for you to get pictures or a video of him?
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I wouldn't medicate him at all until you figure out the problem.

Pick him up in a small hand towel. Take a flashlight and look into his mouth to be sure nothing is stuck. Fish can get lockjaw and if that's the case, you'll have to help him.
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How would I go about helping with lock jaw?....I mean that seems to a good guess as to what it might be woth his mouth saying open....
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If there is anything stuck in the mouth, like gravel, take something like a toothpick and try to dislodge it. Obviously, this is a delicate operation.

If his jaw is really locked, you can grasp the lower jaw, bring it forward a bit, and it may pop back into place.
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