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Re: B vitamins
Posted By: BB <email@example.com> In Response To: Re: B vitamins (Nancy)
Date: Sunday, 28 March 1999, at 8:34 p.m.
In Response To: Re: B vitamins (Nancy)
Wow! Tom is alot closer then I thought:) For some reason I was under the impression he was in Australia. That is great news, especially if he can get some of the B12 he sells to you:) I know your anxious to see them healed but giving you a recovery schedule is speculation on my part. I never used liquids, and only used this on cichlids so my experience has been limited. What I can do is describe my observations with my use of this vitamin. I began seeing results within three days of starting the supplement as opposed to over a weeks progress in similar situations without its use. Overall healing was cut to half the normal recovery time (at least) and in some cases I would go so far as to say one third what I expected/estimated recovery time should be. I never used this in a situation similar to yours ...except once. I am not in the habit or rescuing fish but in this case I made an exception. I found a malagasy cichlid with very little finnage in a local ma/pa shop. I looked the fish over and did not see any signs of outward infection and it looked to me he was on the mend. The fish approached the top of the 20 gallon long (with great difficulty) where it was housed alone, in hopes of receiving some food, as I examined it. I inquired after the fish and came to find out the store did not know what they had:) The fish was brought in by a customer because the other cichlids (central american) had ripped it up until most all the fins were gone right to the base. They had managed to keep bacterial infections under control and had it for over a month. "You should have seen it when it came in", was what I was told. They let me feed him and that was all it took. When I asked for the price I got "You tell me what's fair". I did, and as the owners eyes returned to normal size he cut that number in half:) The fish came home and was fed foodsticks as I described earlier and five to six weeks later I had a recovered fish. The fin rays were not as thick as you would expect to see, and some branched irregularly but they were there. This growth was approximately 4 times what was on the fish when I bought it, and keep in mind the store had it for a month. So....in this example I feel comfortable saying recovery time was cut in half (at least). This is the most extreme example I have. Other then this I use the supplement to help repair split fins or on small rips caused by overly agressive mates that are not removed fast enough after a spawn, or on fish who I conditioned to spawn but only one gets in the mood. (Hey, wanna' mate? No? Ok then, I'll just nip your fins till you come around) In these cases I see the same initial results (three days maximum) with total repair within two weeks. It is enought to warrant telling others I think, even if I can not explain it entirely. Best suggestion I have is to be patient because the liquid may take longer, but I still feel that the B12 will reduce the toatl healing process with respect to time. The fish will expell unused ammounts of this vitamin I think (just like humans) so you should not fear for ill effects. It is no trouble at all and I hope this helps your loaches:) BB
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