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I woke up this morning to find an almost dead demasoni. his fins are down to stubs and flakes from his belly are missing. he spends his days on his back now.
I have him in an large vase now cuz i dont have another tank to quarantine him in. how can i keep this up until he gets better?
 

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he's probably not going to make it, if he can't upright his swim bladder may be damaged.
I have done something I call fish CPR that seems to have worked a couple of times. Hold the fish in front of a powerhead or internal filter jet so that the water passes into the gills head on. If you don't have either hold the fish and force it to 'swim' back and forth through the water. It sounds stupid but I've seen severely injured fish recover almost instantly several times doing this.
 

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If you had a proper hospital tank, you might be able to save him, but odds are it won't work in a vase without filtration and circulation.

If you try to do it this way, make sure you keep the water pristine.
 

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Honestly, as tough as it is, these are the times I will kill a fish. It saves you from the worry and trouble for a fish that has very little chance of making it. It also saves the fish pain from a slow death.
 

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Honestly, as tough as it is, these are the times I will kill a fish. It saves you from the worry and trouble for a fish that has very little chance of making it. It also saves the fish pain from a slow death.
I have to agree. Without a proper hospital tank, it's almost an impossibility. All of the things it is used to having in the main tank but doesn't have in the vase just add to the stress of the fish.
 

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What about a bucket with a bubbler?

If you end up euthanizing your fish, please please please don't flush him down the toilet. Clove oil or something called Euthanase (which I have used) works quickly and easily.
 

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he was one of my favorite demisoni's, I guess ill try setting up a hospital tank. if not, off with his head
 

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I've also seen the "CPR" eoconnor wrote about work. If the dem is still with ya today and you do the CPR and get a hospital tank set up, add Melafix to help repair the fin damage.
 
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