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Use Epsom Salt Or Not?


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Hi, I've got a post on the 911/999 forum about this ("Mary's got worse. I'm afraid she might die"), but I'm so worried I thought I'd post a topic here too. Please forgive me for all my jillions of posts. I'm just worried and don't want the poor dear to die if I can do anything. I'm 99.9% sure she's been passing reabsorbed eggs. Her belly's swollen and she's making stringy crinkly milky poos along with her regular poos, and the last couple days she's been belly-up at the bottom most of the time (tho strangely, she can swim right way up when she tries). I was going to exchange the aquarium salt I've been using for Epsom salt (at Ranchugirl's suggestion), and have been doing water changs to get rid of the aquarium salt. But her poo right now looks not so crinkly/zigzaggy, more just stringy and pale. What if she's got bacterial infection? Would it still be OK to change to Epsom salt? My apologies again for so many posts. This'll most likely be my last for awhile. I don't know what else I can do or ask, and I feel bad for asking so much already. Thanks if anyone can advise me.

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Woops, sorry, posted this twice by accident. Guess my mind's not on what I'm doing... Sorry for taking up so much space.

x Dan

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stop apologising for so many posts, you are worried its understandable. :)

it seems that she may now have developed a bit of an infection but it could also be because she might have finished getting rid of the eggs if indeed there were any.

keep doing small and frequent water changes to keep the water really clean and do gravel vacs as well. as for anything else i guess its just wait and see unless someone else can come up with something else.

diagnosing fish isnt easy and none of us are vets, so its hard to know whats really going on. keep us posted though on her progress and hopefully she will pull through this.

heres a great site for you to read through and keep in your favourites

http://www.mu.edu/~buxtoni/puregold/home.html

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Hi and thanks for telling me my number of posts are OK. I just don't want to be acting as tho Mary's troubles are more important than anyone else's. I'll do like you said, check out that website, but does anyone know if it'll be OK to go ahead with the Epsom salt when she might have a bacterial infection? I don't think she's done passing the eggy stuff either. Her healthy poos are fine, and her zig-zaggy, milky poos are pretty clearly reabsorbed eggs. But when they're not zig-zaggy, it's hard to judge whether they mean eggs or infection. I'm worried about this Epsom question. Want to add it ASAP if it'll help, but then of course don't want to if it would worsen any infection she might have.

I'm confused and really need to do something fast. Cheers and thanks again for being so understanding. And so helpful. You guys are brilliant.

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