trapped air? or something else?

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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:14 pm

How's his appetite? I'd treat him again for IPs, maybe with something stronger like Prazi.
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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by poopybarkflounder » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:14 pm

thanks for all of the help you guys, but the little guy didn't make it:(

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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by J-P » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:19 pm

aww that sucks...

I'm sorry. do you happen to know was the root cause was now that you are able to take him out of the tank?
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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by poopybarkflounder » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:20 pm

also, in hope that maybe i could figure out what happened i made mom mom cut him open (gross, i know thats why she had to do it) to see if maybe he worms or something. but i didnt see anything wrong. i would really like to know what happened to him before i buy another. i think i bought this one sick though.

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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by poopybarkflounder » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:22 pm

and to pufferpunk, he always ate very well

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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:17 pm

i think i bought this one sick though.
Was he always looking that thin & sickly?
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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by poopybarkflounder » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:21 pm

not that thin and sickly, he always seemed happy. however his food would go away very quickly after feeding. i didnt know that wasnt supposed to happen until he got skinny. thats when i treated him. but he was very active and seemed happy up until today.

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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:28 pm

So he had a round belly when you bought him?
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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by poopybarkflounder » Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:51 pm

i wouldnt say it was round. no..but it wasnt sunken in.

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Re: trapped air? or something else?

Post by borgey » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:07 pm

Sounds like it was def IPs to me. Next time get some PraziPro or something like that and treat him ASAP! As soon as you get him QT him and treat him. With something like PraziPro you can just treat the whole tank instead of getting him to eat the medicated food.

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