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May 11, 2004

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Otis is a little bit under the weather these days. I think he has a bacterial infection of some sort - he has a little "fish pimple" pushing up underneath a scale under his dorsal fin. I gave him the first of three treatments with a fish antibiotic, Kanacyn, yesterday, and this morning the pimple looks like it's receded a little bit.

He's just old, yo. He was full grown when I bought him (at least 6 months old) and I've had him more than 2 years. Apparently the average life span for a betta is 1.5 years, so he's well exceeded the norm. This infection is likely because with age his immune system is weakening, and he's succumbing to bacteria that are naturally present in every aquarium (no matter how good the water quality is).

So yeah, hopefully the Kanacyn will take care of the pimple. I just hope that it doesn't completely wreck my biological filter (i.e. the "cycle"). And I hope Otis starts eating like his usual little piggy self again, too.

Posted by Highwaygirl on May 11, 2004 05:26 AM to the category Animals | Stuff About Me

Tell Otis I said "get better soon". I'm house sitting this week and I'm having so much fun watching the koi in the pond. Ok, watching the dog watch the koi and trying to figure out how to scoop one out without falling in.

Posted by: Mensch at May 11, 2004 07:47 AM

Here's hoping Otis is on the mend and will be flaring again soon.

Posted by: lifeonhold at May 11, 2004 09:34 AM
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