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Early water change after adding Microbe/lift anchor worm/ lice treatment


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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.

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Also it is very strange to me ( novice here) but Attila will be laying on the bottom, at times tilted to his side a bit.. but the minute I put food ( blood worms) and he notices it, he is off to the races!  Eats, darts around, etc.  Then about an hour or so later I go back in and he is bottomed out again,

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