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i'd treat him with some epson salt...

If he's in a small tank...

1/8 of a tsp divided up into 5 equal parts then use one of those parts per gallon

larger tank use a 1/4 tsp per 10 gallons...
 

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Is there any pineconing of his scales?

The epson salts will help with constipation / SBD if that is waht he has. If there is any Pineconing of his scales I'm afriad he may have dropsy which doesn't have a high survial rate.....

Adding straight aquarium salt isn't going to help him with this problem i'm afriad. If it was velvet or fungus based it would help.....

I fear he has dropsy..... The pineconing doesn't have to be present for it to be dropsy. Dropsy is just a term used to descibe bloating and organ failure.

You can try treating him. Better than doing nothing.

Treat him with Maracyn and Maracyn 2. Or tetracycline, or a borad spectum antibiotic food.

If it is dropsy the epson salt will help with fluid retention but won't cure the problem.
 
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