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Thanks Edith, I have looked at those things before and they don't seem to go low enough because they're made for saltwater tanks. Does that one go as low as .1%? And does it go up by only a little so you can get really accurate?

:oops: I just finished fiddling around with mine and you're right it won't work with such a low level of salt. :no: I guess the next best thing is using a scale as Federica suggested. That seems to be the most accurate method.

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Okay, thanks for checking that for me Edith! It's good to know.

Sure Fang, here's a breakdown of the charges today:

1 Water quality testing salinity 15.00

1 Fish exam, in clinic 70.00

1 Baytril 100mg/ml 15.00

.5 Baytril 15.00 (I went back for more, and no fair... they charged me full price still for half a dose!)

Total 117.14

:thud Highway robbery much? :(

Edit: I just called her and she said that was a mistake. The actual charge for the half dose is $8. I guess the computer puts an automatic "dispensing fee" on all meds. Seems unfair, but what can you do? Anyways, she's crediting my account for the error amount at least.

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I say demand the other half!

Hope this works for them. Good luck :)

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70 dollars is what you CAN expect to pay for a dog (even if my vet charges 40). There you actually HAVE stuff to check. ummmm... what clinical exam do you do on a fish??? :hmm

It would be so great if you found an advanced hobbyist next to you with a microscope and lots of knowledge which he could share with you for free! :ignore

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I know, she just looks at them and looks in their gills. How can that be worth $70?! But I think she can charge more because a good vet who is knowledgeable about fish too is rare around here. It was neat being able to look at the gill tissue under the microscope. Someday I really want to buy my own scope and a nice parasite ID book too. Then I can do this stuff myself! That will probably be my next big "fish" purchase, but it won't be for a while.

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(what is salinity? and how can it affect fish?) I am glad you have a new antibiotic! I feel bad you are going through all this stress, and your poor goldies, around the holidays. They are in my thoughts and I hope they get well. I have read that dropsy can be terminal but do not give up hope! You never know!!! Hope they eat all that new gel food :)

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No Federica, it didn't bleed at all. She only took the tiniest piece, and it went just fine.

Auryn, salinity is the salt content. It's normally zero since they're freshwater fish, but I have it raised to kill the parasites. Yes, in all the dropsy experiences I've had it's been terminal every single time. I'm not giving up on the dropsy fish, but I think it's very likely that they won't make it. Gotta be realistic here and prepare myself for the possibilities :(

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Thanks for the explanation... and re Dropsy I know I know... I'm still hoping though. I don't even think we have fish vets where I life, so since they are rare and probably not in large demand they have to charge more. It truly is a shame though. That is a lot of money. You said you brought two fish in, did she not charge you for the other?

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I guess she just charged one exam fee for both fish. I figured she would do that, and I would have refused to pay if she charged $70 per fish!

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If it makes you feel any better-my wet pet vet DID charge me $70.00x2 when I took 2 in. 1 of them had sbd,and he wanted like $1000.00 to do sb surgeryyeah.gifHe acted as if when he explained to me that that included X-rays,and some medication-it should make perfectly,logical sensedoh11.gifNeedless to say,we did not do the surgeryohmy.gifI think they charge that because they CANwhatjust.gif

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I think so too Susan! They know that not very many vets treat fish, so they can charge more.

Grindle is definitely pineconed now, that happened fast. I am bummed because he always seemed like the healthiest and most active of the bunch. I hope none of the others pinecone. Everyone ate the medicated food like good boys and girls :)

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Hopefully things will start to turn around here,soonangelstaf.gif(like magic)

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Wow, Susan! As much as I love my fish, I wouldn't (and couldn't) pay a thousand bucks for swim bladder surgery. And I am sure surgery on a fish is much more risky than on a dog, so the chances of survival are a lot smaller.

Just imagine them coming out of surgery, telling you "oh hai your fish died, can I have the $ 1.000 for surgery now please?"

An hour later I'd probably need somebody to bail me out of jail.

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No improvement. :( When Chiba tries to swim around, he backpeddals and kind of gasps with his mouth a lot. You know what I mean? It's like his gills are irritated or something. I'm going to try to do a 90% water change today. If not today, then for sure tomorrow.

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I don't know what the backpedalling means - I have also seen sick fish do that.

If you are not using water meds you can always add some carbon - incase some chemical is leaking somewhere. who knows... :doh11: The other day I put an airstone in the 200gal and you can't even imagine how much it STANK 24hrs later of chemicals...

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I have some spare bags of carbon, maybe I'll go ahead and do that.

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Thanks Amy :)

They are hanging in there. The fins are starting to look eaten away a little on most of them, but I think it's just because they're sitting on the bottom so much. I feel like I'm not doing enough to help them, but in reality there's just not much else I can do.

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You are doing everything possible, your fishies are lucky to have a mama like you :D:heart Fins crossed for happy news for the holidays :)

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Aw thanks Buggy :heart

I am holding out a little hope that they will all somehow make it through this, but at this point I'll be happy if even half of them make it through and stay alive for a long time yet. We'll see...

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Oh Sakura,I'm so sorry you and your babies are having to go through thisundecided.gif When I think about it-it usually takes at least a couple of days for a/b to make me start feeling betterill.gif Hopefully tomorrow is a better dayheartpump.gif

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Thanks Susan :heart

Yeah, I'm hoping the antibiotic kicks in soon! I'm encouraged a little bit because they all forage around a little bit and act slightly more active during feeding time. Grindle and Loki are still dropsied though. But at least none of the others have dropsied yet.

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