Okay, so.... It started where her tail had streaks of blood in it, with a bruised look, almost as if she'd broken some blood vessels or something and tho it looked bad, she seemed okay. She was still active, eating, playing, etc. She did keep her hind end elevated but that was the only real difference. The day after that it all seemed to get worse and it looked like her scales were cracked and blood was at the surface. There also appeared a whitish spot where the blood had pooled that seemed to look like the infected area was dying off. Then yesterday it all looked MUCH better. The blood was almost gone but the white patch seemed to look more... almost like a human callous - like a patch of really really dry skin. She didn't move much but she came to the front of the tank to say hi now and then, she appeared to be eating, her breathing has been okay (a little rapid but not by much) and last night when I was going to bed she was even playing in the current with the rest of the night crew.
Today is a different story and I have NO idea what's going on. The blood is almost gone entirely but the end of her tail looks like it's almost dried and "rotted" I guess i would say but not too dark, more like dead skin. She's keeping all her other fins close to her tho she can open them. Her barbles also don't look right. She didn't seem to eat when the others did, she's barely moving at all and she was floating vertically (head up and literally straight up and down, not just elevating her body) in the outflow of the filter. She's been laying around close to the filter or sticks herself to it. Her breathing is fine but.... The other thing I should mention is that her body shape has changed. Her belly seems pinched right before her anus and from there back her body is thinner than the rest of her. She used to be sleek and streamlined just like her buddy but now she just doesn't look right. I've searched all sorts of stuff and I'm so afraid to guess wrong and medicate her with something that will kill her that I'm paranoid to do anything at all.
My loaches are like my kids and my dojos are the life of the party... watching her suffer is breaking my heart.... any help is appreciated, even if (and I hope this isn't the case) the advice is the euthanize - I'll do anything I can for her... Thanks much guys....
(As I'm witing this by the way she's moved around a bit, tried to swim and tho she's stiff, she really is trying like hell)...
She's getting alot better, though she's still (probably always will be) got the bent spine. I am just so glad that I didn't do what I really thought was right, which is euthanize her. I truly hope your little dojo will rally and and start getting better....if you don't want to treat after already doing so and not getting results, (like I didn't, I know how hard that stuff is on loaches), isolating her into a breeding trap or what have you is an option...that's where my girl made her turn around, no other fish to shove her around or steal her food like they were doing.....I think the calm quiet allowed her to heal, but it's not as stressful a move as putting her into another, new tank, with different parameters being a possible issue as well.
WEll. I am sorry if none of this helps you even a teeny bit, I know how you must be feeling, but don't give up on her, not yet...someone told me of an incredibly sick dojo she put into the quarantine tank after it stopped moving, just to let it die peacefully in the q tank....and the fish got better, to her shock.
Best of luck to you and your water babies, they are too adorable for words, and heartbreaking when they're sick
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