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haha anything to make them comfortable in my absence! this is probably the first time I'll be away for a prolonged period of time and I am a worrywart haha.

Alex, the FS arrived today! shall I go ahead with the big wc then treatment now?

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just posting to say that I have done a 90-95% wc, added the salt back to 0.3% and added the correct dosage of Fluke-Solve. phew. now we just wait, eh?

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Now is the time for patience, young padawan :rofl

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Now is the time for patience, young padawan :rofl

:rofl

hey, a question: they all seem to be periodically going up to the surface and gulping. is this normal after adding medication? :/ it can't be a lack of oxygen, if I've got a bubble wand, and the output of the canister is slightly facing up and so agitating the surface, right?

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I can't recall if mine does during Prazi treatment or not, but it's very possible. Just watch them, to see if this behavior increases.

How is Sir Hawking?

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he's currently still looking sad, sitting at the bottom, with his head facing the back left corner. :( I had to check if he was alive by gently poking him with the turkey baster; he was unresponsive I waved at him (to see if he'd register the movement). he was a little more active earlier, when I first started refilling the tank. when I fed them, he did venture over and have a few, so his appetite doesn't seem to have waned.

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The thing with Fluke treatment is that during the first 24-48 hours of treatment, they can be the most miserable because the flukes are dying, leaving lots of micro-wounds behind. They will bottom sit, but after a day or two, they should get better. We put salt in there to try to prevent secondary infections and to promote healing.

Fins crossed for Steven Hawking. As long as he still has a good appetite, it's very encouraging.

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The fish that I know have had flukes act miserable during the first few days, sometimes even longer. It is often when you add prazi that you can tel who has flukes and who doesn't based on their behavior. Fingers crossed that he will feel better soon.

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i agree.. my fish reacted badly to fluke treatment in the first 48 hours also.. carry through with it, i am sure that the fluke treatment will not harm them.

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thank you all for the reassurance! they've stopped the surface-gulping behaviour now, and Hawking seems to have picked up a lot! no longer hiding, and although not very active still, is more active than before. looks like the Fluke-Solve is really helping. :)

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:clapping: good work! i hope this is the beginning of a wonderful healing journey :heart

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Fantastic news, Cath! :D

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glad to see things are looking up for Mr. Hawking :D

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thanks all. :)

just wondering if Hawking should've picked up by now? it's just that he's been looking morose with his face in the back left corner of the tank again, and only occassionally comes out to socialise. still eats but doesn't notice that I've put food in unless I gently nudge him to get him facing where I am dropping the food in. none of the others looked miserable at any point so far, so is it safe to assume they do not have flukes?

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He should have picked up a few days after the treatment. I would continue what you've done, but at this point, I am thinking that it is some internal issue, since water quality and external causes are being eliminated.

I will ask others on the moderating team to review this as well. It is somewhat very frustrating that the options are rather limited in the UK. :(

Edit: Cath, would you give him another salt dip? :(

Edited by dnalex

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I agree, especially as we don't seem to have any kind of Metro Meds available here. I don't even know if we can get metronidazole powder or something similar here? when Hawking swims at the moment, he is tilting to one side, and appears to find it hard to right himself.

shall I salt dip him at 0.3% again?

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3% :)

When your cousin comes, could you get her to bring you some Metro-Meds?

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yes, definitely will ask her to bring some. although is it a white powder? I don't want her getting arrested at the airport, since she's only bringing hand luggage...? just waiting for the kettle to boil to dissolve the salt.

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No, Metro-Meds, Medi-Gold, Pro-Gold etc are all products of Goldfishconnection.com. It's in the form of pellets. I know what you mean about white powder lol. I've sent some people Gold Buffer before, and I always get a little chuckle out of that.

Good luck!

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great news on the MM front - my cousin says instead of waiting til she comes over in August, she's gonna get the MM (and python!) this weekend, and ask my aunt/her mum to bring it over in May! I asked for the 12oz pack as well, so if anyone ends up needing any in the UK, I may be able to help out. :)

I just did the salt dip - Hawking was doing what he did the first time, as in he floated on his side as soon as I put him in. I left him for a minute again to see if he would go down, but he didn't so I removed him and put him in the holding tank, where he is looking weak. when I first put him in the holding tank, he was completely still and sunk at the bottom - I almost took him for dead - but after a few seconds he waved a fin and righted himself... I'm worried he's on his last legs. does it sound it? :(

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I'm sorry, Cath :(

He hasn't given up yet, but it does sound like he has quite a bit to overcome. :(

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he does seem to be clinging on to life, which is hopeful. but the only reason I know he's not gone is because I can see that his eyes are moving, and sometimes he propels himself to sit at another part of the holding tank. if he does not pull through, is there any way to find out what is wrong with him other than an autopsy?

Edited by cathface

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this is what he looks like at the moment, and his breathing seems to be slowing down. he was very excited about the food that you can see to the right, but he could not eat it (he swam at it but then missed, is not hoovering at the bottom as he used to, and one piece I did see him suck up, he spat back out after chewing for a bit). do you think it is time to find some clove oil? would HP3% do anything at this point? I am so heartbroken.

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So sorry, I'm sending healing vibes for your baby your way.

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