Feb. 16th, 2011

icelightning: XXY male bettafish, started off looking girlish (Default)
I'm sad to say that Donatello didn't make it.

The fin rot on his anal fin was mostly gone, but during a water change, I broke his tank. I stuck him in a slightly over one gallon hospital tank, and he seemed to not quite enjoy it, but was doing otherwise fine. Two days later, I finally had time to get him a new tank, and brought it home. But it was too late...

That same day, something really upset him and he shredded his tail. Except shredded doesn't quite describe it--it was literally the third of the length it was previously, with much of that length dead, and shredded bits of fin were everywhere. The bits of fin caused a bacterial bloom that was too much for his always been weak immune system, and by the time I got home....

He had full blown dropsy, pineconing, gasping for breath, the works, and it was obvious he'd be dead by morning. After finally finding the clove oil at GNC, I was able to put him asleep. He fought the clove oil for a moment, but settled when I placed his stuffed fox plush next to him. Don was still laying there calmly when I finally dosed him with vodka.

Thank you everyone for the help (especially to [livejournal.com profile] kittencuffs for answering my frantic PMs). The treatments I was told to give him really helped improve his last few weeks of life. It really sucks that he had to go that way, but at least he didn't suffer for that long.

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