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  1. fantailfan1, Yes, that makes sense and thanks for the explanation. I know that I've read that before on here, but did not understand it. I will adjust accordingly. Matt
  2. Hi, everybody! I simply could not muster the courage to do the scrapes. Helen, the videos I did were with him out loose and most of the way asleep. Even when he's sick, he thrashes violently if I try to touch him. So, Friday, per fantailfan1's initial suggestion, I dosed prazi. Mr. Cuddlesworth did his usual beat down, moping-about look for about 12 hours (we hung out together - don't know that it helped him, but it helped me). By Saturday morning he was able to eat a couple of peas. Yay! What a change! He ate 3 peas on Sunday - not quite half his normal fare, but still a ton better. Sunday evening he got dose two of prazi. Again, he looked all beat down and mopy. If anything, he looked worse than with the initial dose. I did not get to observe, feed, change water, or love on him per normal this morning as I had an early day at work. This evening, though, he was mostly back to his rambunctious self! He was sauntering magnificently, totally unclamped, fins fully extended, and he did his happy dance when I approached. Then, he ate the dawg mess out of a batch of peas and was offering to eat more. I'm not feeding anything but peas 'til I see a poop. I plan on a water change and a third round of prazi tomorrow night. Also I've put a replacement UV bulb on order. Any suggestions are welcome. Many, many thanks to all of you. Matt
  3. dnalex, I've never anesthetized him before, so I don't know. I was thinking the same thing about not putting him under, just enough to keep him from harming himself. Do either clove oil or tricaine require a prescription? What do you recommend? Matt
  4. dnalex, I forgot to mention that I have let a thick coat of algae grow on the tubing that feeds the UV sterilier in hopes that he might graze on it. I have never seen him graze on it, but it is possible he is eating that. More often, he will put his snout on the underside of the tubing and just nuzzle it. He does this when he's scared. I think of it as his security blanket (it's very soft). Matt
  5. dnalex, I have seen only one poop in the last two weeks. It was a long, thin, stringy "stress" poop. However, the only reason I got to see that poop is because it had wound itself around a ground probe. Otherwise it would have been in a filter. It is possible he's had a couple sneak poops that went to the filters. However, he is not pooping anything like what he used to. I know what you mean about the multiparameter reader. Ouch! But, it was all that I could figure to do since I am terribly colorblind and so can't use drops or strips. What do you think about anesthetizing the little guy before doing the scrapes? Matt
  6. fantailfan1, Many, many thanks for your kind attention. I am headed to bed and will check the forum again first thing in the morning. G'night all. Matt
  7. Yes, I have access to a microscope. The real trick is getting the scraping. Mr. Cuddlesworth is still pretty much a wild varmint who only let's me think he's a pet so that I will wait on him hand and foot. What I'm trying to say is that I fear he will pull one of his startle/head-thrashing maneuvers, resulting in more injury to his mouth if I try to do a scraping. He really, really does not like to be handled. He's in his third tank, now - in his first year he grew almost an inch a month. Each of the moves was really traumatic - lots of scale loss and fin damage. What would you think of mildly anesthetizing him prior to doing the scraping?
  8. You and all the posters on this forum are very, very kind. I have lurked here since late 2011 and learned a lot as a result. Thank all of you for your encouragement and knowledge. Matt
  9. fantailfan1, well I tried soaking a teaspoon of bloodworms in two drops of Kent Garlic Extreme. He seemed excited at first, then no interest. I tried to get more detail of his lips: http://youtu.be/kTFMX5IEc5I I am very reluctant to try Prazi again since I've been running the UV sterilizer for over a year now and the Prazi treatments make him act all beat down. I'm at the point of wanting to do a swab and a microscope view to look for flukes before subjecting him to another round of Prazi.
  10. Yes, the redness is always present. I want to think it's a separate issue, but maybe I'm missing something. He has, since I got him two years ago, had a problem with violent head shaking combined with darting. This usually results in damage to his "lips." Any insight is welcome. This behavior seems to be in response to being startled.
  11. Well, he's acting a little better now. Still, nothing like his normal, rambunctious self. In the video, he has just woken up when I got home.
  12. Thanks, motherredcap. His first Prazi treatment was September 2011, right after I got him. His last Prazi treatment was October of 2011. In both cases, he had been flashing, spitting, hiding, and bottom-sitting. I will take a picture and post tonight.
  13. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0.10 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0.03 * Nitrate level(Tank) 8.7 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.06 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0.0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 1.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.3 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.7 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Hanna Instruments 83203 Multiparameter Photometer * Water temperature? 74°F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 56 gallons; 9 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 each AquaClear Model 70; 1 each AquaClear Model 50 with Quick Filter feeding an Aqua UV 8W Advantage 2000 HOB UV Sterilizer * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly 20%; Daily 4% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days for Weekly (20%); this morning for half of daily (2%) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 Comet; 12 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice Daily: 1/8 tsp. Saki Hikari or Hikari Lionhead, 4 peas; Weekly: 1 tsp. Hikari blood worms * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Dosed with Prazi and salt 6 times (two regimens) two years ago (new fish). * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? frayed dorsal fin - this is normal for him - he's a jumper and runs into the tank cover * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Has eaten almost nothing in the last two weeks. During this time he has had only one poo - a long, thin, stringy "stress" poo. Mr. Cuddlesworth is normally a voracious eater - two feedings/day. Each feeding is followed by immediate waste removal. Tank is bare bottom. For the last two weeks, he has ignored almost all food. He will occasionally take a part of a pea into his mouth, chew, then spit it out. Same thing for bloodworms. He completely ignores the Hikari pellets. I had not been too concerned 'til today because he was acting normally in all other respects: fins not clamped; does his "happy dance" when I approach the tank; no flashing; no bottom sitting. This morning I found him on the bottom, in the corner, and clamped. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I love this fish. Matt
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