Thank you both.
Due to my own ill health, I’ve had to halve the amount of water changes over the past few years (not ideal I know), but I’d always gently squeeze/rinse the filter media every 6 weeks or so.
I’ve looked on eBay but don’t really know what I’m buying.
i can only find the tablet form. How would I use that?
This is his current set up. The tub is about 10gal. He had 2 filters in his main tank. I kept a little one in there for emergencies and that’s the one I’ve carried across until I figure out what to do.
This was the tank 6 months ago. I re-bought the exact same tank in April of this year as the previous one was getting scratched and shabby from having it for so long. Wish I hadn’t now! I transferred all the media over from the old tank to the new tank and there was no cycle bump at all.
This was him 6 weeks ago, very wriggly and happy and enjoying food.
His dorsal has always been folded over like that and his fins haven’t changed condition for years.
I took this pic below yesterday during the water change (before the tank cracked) to try and show his scales but it’s not very clear, sorry.
Yes, he’s missing a pelvic fin! I got admitted to hospital last year and when I returned it had gone Completely clean break. It really upset me at the time. I kept an eye on it but there was nothing to really heal. Just a tiny little smooth stump.