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Cory with fin rot in hospital tank
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July 08, 2001 - 01:18 pm
One of my albino cory's seems to have fin rot--his front(?)
fins (arms) are short, and his tail is ragged. It
seems too as if one of the bigger Cory's was getting
protective of him. Wish I could let it wait and observe
for a while longer, but am going on vacation in one week
so if he needs meds now's the time. I put in a tablet
of Maracyn 2 for the 10 gal. hospital tank--the package
says 2 tablets the first day (for 10 gal) and one
after that. I recall a message (which I couldn't
find) where I asked if Cory's could take the Maracyns,
and as I recall the response was that it should be ok, only
half-dose would be best(I hope I remembered correctly).
He seems more listless in the hospital tank and his half-wafer
I put in last night is still there. I feel sad to look at
him so quietly looking back at me. I wonder if the Maracyn
2 could be bad for him, or maybe the unfamiliar environment
bothers him. Is it common for fish to become blase from
medicine that are doing them good in the long run? Or is
it more likely that in trying to help my fish am I harming
him? I am trying to decide whether to continue as is, or
give him even less than the half-dose, or take him out of
the meds altogether.
... as always, I appreciate knowing there are folks out
there who have been through all this kind of stuff who can
address these problems that the books & medicine packages
don't even ponder.
July 08, 2001 - 01:35 pm
Wouldn't you know it after posting this message, I just
took another look and the little guy is eating now. I feel
better, but still would appreciate any insights.
July 08, 2001 - 04:09 pm
hi shan..you are right maracyn 2 should be fine for your
fish and do well for treating the tail rot..
July 08, 2001 - 11:03 pm
Jeff is very correct on his answer, but I know you are looking
for moral support. Auntie Kick to the rescue. Thank goodness
you looked and he was eating....that is always a good sign.
I feel the listlessness may be in part to the medication,
but this is the right one for catfish, so you done good!
He probably very well is not comfortable in his new surroundings
and missing his tank buddies. Bettas are this same way when
first brought home and given a new place to live. Some of
mine have been listless and gone for days without eating
until they become used to the surroundings. I assume you
don't have any carbon in the hospital tank so the medication
can do its thing. Just be a little careful not to overmedicate
from this point, and I think you may have him on the road
July 08, 2001 - 11:27 pm
Thank you so much, both. I've only used medication on
fish twice, and both times the fish got worse and died,
so I'm a little leary-- but knowing that action is better
than inaction, it's reassuring to have confirmation
about the type of medication. I had my husband read your
answers so that he can remind me not to worry so much.
If I recall Kick, I think it was you who I previously posed
the question about corys and the Maracyns--just in case.
I'm glad that I got the scoop on it before the problem
arose, otherwise I might have used the general antibiotic
for catfish which probably wasn't going to work as well.
I don't get much help from the petstores so I am learning
so much from you and all the others at this site.
The fishy has been swimming around more this afternoon and
seems more comfortable. I did remember to take the carbon
filter out, and there's a biowheel.
July 09, 2001 - 09:43 am
Great Shan! Keep us posted on how this little guy gets along.
So glad that we are able to be of some help.
July 13, 2001 - 08:23 pm
Jeff & Kick,
The 5 days of meds ended yesterday, and the little fishy
is back in his regular tank. He is active and has came through
his little hospital trip well. I assume it will take a little
while before seeing his fins fill out to their proper length--
that hasn't happened yet. But for all appearances, all
is well. Thanks again for the support.
July 13, 2001 - 11:33 pm
Hooray!! Great news! Thanks for filling us in and glad that
we could be of help and service to you. In time, the little
fella's fins should start to repair themselves and he
should be as good as new in no time. Thanks for the update!