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Cory with fin rot in hospital tank

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Shan

Sunday, 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.

  

Shan

Sunday, 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.

  

jeff

Sunday, 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..

  

Kick

Sunday, 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 to recovery!

  

Shan

Sunday, 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.

  

Kick

Monday, 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.

  

Shan

Friday, 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.

  

Kick

Friday, 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!

 

 

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