Think I'm Losing Another Fish :(

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Well last week I lost my dwarf puffer suddenly and now my HMDT is acting very lethargic laying on the bottom of the tank. I think he is dying. I did a water change and a few hours later, he seems not good. I changed the tank next to his and that fish is seemingly fine. He has been dealing with some fin rot that is very persistent. Also I figure him to be about 2 or 2.5 years old. Ugh why does it all happen at once? Things were going so good for a while. I lowered the water a little so he can get to the top and also in case it maybe got contaminated but like I said his neighbor fish seems good. I'll keep updates of course but I'm pretty sure he is a goner just based on what I am seeing.
 
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He’s a little more active since the water change. He looked like he dead/ sinking to the bottom. He could have been in shock from something .Or I dunno maybe he was just deep sleeping because of his older age. He seems to using the plants to rest so I will just keep his water level where it is and go day by day.
 
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He totally bounced back! I'm not sure if it was treatment for fin rot or I got something in the water but he is back to his old self! Man I was really worried!
 

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AJ34 said:
He totally bounced back! I'm not sure if it was treatment for fin rot or I got something in the water but he is back to his old self! Man I was really worried!
By far the most common reason for fish having health problems is the condition of the water. Water test readings are always the first place to look if you sense trouble. Do you have a test kit? What are you readings for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate?

The fact that your fish perked up after you did a water change would tend to confirm that toxin levels are your problem. To keep the fish health and keep the problems from returning, focus on water test readings and doing as many water changes as necessary to keep your levels where you want them.
 

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Good to hear it. If the fish had fin rot and now this issue, I'd do more frequent water changes. Are you cleaning decor? Take out decor, use aquarium salts on it and rinse. 1x a month. because I'm doing the water change, it's safe to put back in because of the new de-chlorine in tank. Makes a huge difference.
 
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Debbie1986 said:
Good to hear it. If the fish had fin rot and now this issue, I'd do more frequent water changes. Are you cleaning decor? Take out decor, use aquarium salts on it and rinse. 1x a month. because I'm doing the water change, it's safe to put back in because of the new de-chlorine in tank. Makes a huge difference.
I have not tried cleaning decor in aquarium salt will have to try that! I do frequent water changes. He bites his tail so it’s an ongoing process with keeping the water clean and tail from infections . I think it is just a burden to him so he bites it.

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The fact that your fish perked up after you did a water change would tend to confirm that toxin levels are your problem. To keep the fish health and keep the problems from returning, focus on water test readings and doing as many water changes as necessary to keep your levels where you want them.
I agree that’s usually the case but I have quite a few Bettas so I do test. 0,0, <5.0
Said Betta is a HMDT crown or comb tail. Short body with heavy finnage, bites his tail so it’s prone to rot. I do frequent water changes, use stressguard, have used antibiotics once or twice, it’s an on going and persistent issue.

Anyhow his issue came right after a water change. It was like he couldn’t breathe was almost passed out if you will. I suspect I had lotion or hand sanitizer on my hands still that got in his water. I submerged my hand in his tank but not the other tank I did at same time . I forgot I had applied hand sanitizer and then lotion...this was my mistake. I'm glad I noticed and did another large water change.
 

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