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otto not 100%

Posted By: ev <eco_evie@yahoo.com>
Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2001, at 3:46 p.m.

approx 4 mos ago got 2 ottos,1 died month ago with enlarged abdomen. read possibly too much protein (in algae???) sort of a "fatty liver kidney syndrome" seen in animals.moved 2nd otto to
smaller tank, feeding tank less brine,etc, more spirulina,algae wafers...
now this otto has enlarged abdomen,sometimes sluggish. water parameters good.
one lfs said thot it was enlarged liver due to bacterial infection,form of dropsy, by time see symptoms too late,therefore recommend antibiotic food for few days every month to fish (!)... tried isolating otto in algae-free container, fed antibiotic food, thot it turned up its little nose.(don't blame it,smelled gross). after two frustrating days, returned it to tank where proceeded to poop orange (colour of food)immediately.didn't continue treatment because it had stopped swimming c