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So I have been tending to my sons sick goldfish for about 4 days or so.. rightfully named Attila because he is quite the fighter. Well he had Lice ( came that way it appears) prior to finding out I had done several water changes at varying percentages in a fight with nitrates ( learning process). On Monday I treated with Microbe/lift which is once a week for 3 weeks.. .. Attila was still not doing well and 3 days later had taken to sitting at the bottom of the tank for very long periods. I tested water and verified it was good, I figured he might be constipated so I switched food to frozen bloodworms and peas .. problem is the shop owner said one cube a day would suffice.. There is a heck of a lot of food in that one cube.. I think he thought my fish were bigger. So today I he seemed a bit worse and I became worried we would lose this battle..with all the that was not eaten from the cube I was certain the balance would shift soon and I decided to execute a pre emptive-strike and do an 80% change while also giving them a epsom salt bath, Well I checked all the boxes.. added everything back into the new water I was putting in ( aquarium salt as well) and put them back into the water.. they appear to have truly picked up.. Attila has been swimming and I dropped some peas in and was very eager to get ahold of a few. It's been about 2 hours and he is acting like a goldfish again and not a catfish.. my question ( finally) is should I start the medication over or just pick up where I left off and resume the 2nd dose on the original schedule.
A new oranda, named Howie, is in my hospital tank and I need a little assistance helping him through a couple of disease/illnesses he has. I knew I shouldn't have bought him but no one can resist those chubby cheeks. As far as I know... he has dropsy, fin rot, fish lice, open sores, and flukes. Show all the signs: pine-coning, eroding fin edge, green disk all over his tail and moving to his body, and clamped fins. Surprisingly though he is semi-active and always eats all the food I provide. Treatment started 3 days ago with .3%, kanaplex, and an 80 degree temperature. I'm trying to knock out the dropsy and fin rot. He is still pine-coned but I remain hopeful. The kanaplex says to only do 3 doses maximum every 2 days for a total of 6 days of treatment. Is it okay to extend treatment past that if I do need to treat more? I figured I would treat him for flukes after he healed from the dropsy. I didn't want to do too much treatment as to cause more stress. Don't want to throw the kitchen sink at him. Or, is it okay to do that now? As for the fish lice. I know they are feeding on him like a tick would a dog. That in turn weakens him so I'm worried that it could prolong the dropsy or result in something else dramatic. What should I treat to get rid of those things? I've heard salt does nothing and that potassium permanganate dips do wonders. But I have no idea has to how to go about treatment. Or if it just adding more undue stress. Also, do I need to manually remove the lice?