I've been AWOL for a bit. to be honest, very depressed and somewhat lost faith in every hope and dream that i have. (I always wanted to be a zoo keeper and i've always been very close to my animals)
we lost 4 of our five fish. now we have only Schnitzel left and now he's all swollen up like the rest did before they died.
may have a little insight as to why they died, and i thiught we'd caught the problem in able to save Schnitzel....but....
basically, I used to have my water tests performed by the guys at Pets at Home. they told me not to bother buying a water test kit as they'd be happy to do it for me and i made donations in the charity box on my way out. every test showed Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0 and Nitrate 0. well i did buy my own kit when our forth fish was ill and discovered that they'd been doing the tests wrong! i tested the theory, doing one Nitrate test the way they did - 0 and then one following the instructions....20!!!! had all my fish died from that? it seemed quite likely to me! Bolly was beyond hope and she died days later. (horribly i might add! all her fins disintergrated! that was horredous and i cried my heart out.) but the others had all swollen up a few days before dying and nothing i did seemed to save them. I managed to get the Nitrate down to 0, much easier with only 1 fish
and it 's been fine in the three weeks since Bolly died but now Schnitzel is swollen and his scales look ready to pop out (dropsy) like a couple of the others did. i don't know what to do any more. has anyone got any ideas on how to save this poor lonely fish?
i'm doing PWC
every 3 days at the mo. but will increase to daily. I've given him a dose of anti-internal bacteria medicine and i've just installed a thermostat as Jsoong once suggested raising the temp a bit might help. other than that, i have nothing.
he's been producing stringy poop, and we've been feeding him on Peas for a few days at a time ,then Bloodworms and a few flakes (not all at once!). nothing seems to help the little guy.
anyone got any miracles?