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So far Comet seems to be ok. The red spots responded to vaseline. I use the floating device sometimes because using it all the time aggravated the reddness. I haven't started the maracyn yet. I wanted Comet to have a few stressfree days before I medicated again. I hope thats allright to do.

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Holy cow, that is interesting! Thanks for the link, Pixie. :thumbs:

I suspect something similar with Comet, and it confirms my suspicions that a experienced fish vet is needed to tackle that. But boy, wonderful demonstration on Wendy's treatment - I'll pin that on top, after I get permission from GAB. Wendy is a HUGE fish, and it is just amazing to watch how the vet does all that stuff on her, especially how she extracts the fluid from the cyst. Again, a risky thing to do if one ever tries that without an x-ray first. Beautifully done!

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Yes, I found it fascinationg to watch.

(I was also a little worried afterwards that perhaps I wasn't allowed to post it - as the info came from another site. Is there a rule against this? I couldn't remember.)

Anyway, I'm just so frustrated - Fish has been struggling for an eternity. Comet must be a very strong fish to have survived this long but there will come a point where the organ strain will become too much.

There HAS to be a way to find a koi/fish vet somewhere. Even if she had to travel a little distance, it would be worth it after all this time. Is there some type of fish expert directory over there through which someone could be tracked down? It would be a fantastic outcome to the longest running thread, ever!

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Yeah, I agree - Comet really needs to be assessed by a fishy vet for their opinion, otherwise we're tackling the secondary bacterial problems without getting to the root cause. It must be so frustrating for Fish, but she's doing a fantastic job of looking after Comet :exactly

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Sorry everyone for the delay in logging on, I have been pretty ill lately. Will be seeing a specialist on Monday and see where it takes everything. Comet is hanging in there. I have seen the link you sent, Pixiefish. I do agree that Comet needs to be seen by a fishvet but right now I am really in no shape to be able to do that with all the doctors trips and testing etc. So far the red spots on Comet are at bay. Please keep posting on here though. I will try to keep checking as often as possible. How silly of me to get so ill :ill at the same time as when Comet needs me. I feel terrible but cant help it :cry

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Feel better, Fish - there is nothing more important than your health. Specialist sounds scary, but there is definetely a more specific help than any ordinary doctor, so I am sure it'll be all worked out.

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Comet started getting red spots again that are not responding to vaseline anymore so I will start putting triple antibiotic cream from today. I was hoping she would stay well for a little while so I could get a small break but I guess no such luck for us.

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One member here PMed me a link to a website where you can find aquatic vets, Fish - its http://www.aquavets.com/ I hope you can find something in your area there. :thumbs:

And I also hope you are hanging in there with your health. :hug

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Comet is hanging in there. If the red areas start getting bad and do not respond to vaseline or antibiotic ointment then I will use the 5 day course of maracyn this time.

As for me I will be seeing the specialist tomorrow. Lets see what happens. One day at a time.

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Comets red spots are responding so far. Thank goodness!

I have been to my cardio-pulmonary specialist today and will have to undergo a lot of grueling testing in the coming weeks before they can reach a diagnosis. Thanks everyone for your good wishes. :thanks

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Hi fish,

Pixie asked me to take a look at your thread and see if I could help. I found some links to Aquatic vets for you. As long as this has been going on you may have tried some of these already but hopefully there will be something you can use here.

Dr Stephen Pyecroft

This page helped me find my vet.

I was told that you can't travel due to your health but in order to get a proper diagnosis you'll probably need to take him to a vet.

I have a ryukin with SBD which is caused by tumors growing on his swim bladder. We would have never known without the ultra sound from my vet. Perhaps your unfortunate baby has something similar. I hope some of this helps. I will talk to my vet to see if he may have some contacts either in your area or perhaps someone who can link us a vet in your area. What part of Maryland do you live in? I think that's where Pix said you were from right?

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