Vet opened up the cooler and then said "wow, he looks a lot better" after taking a quick look. He continued watching him in the cooler for a while longer, and then repeated the same thing a few more times.
(I was obviously pleased at his reaction, but was also somewhat dumbfounded. Intently studying Triton and his pics several times a day---everyday since beginning treatment---must have been playing tricks on my eyes. Granted, I do see some improvement, but I don't know that the extent of Triton's healing is quite as profound as what the veterinarian's reaction would indicate (at least not in my eyes anyway).
But the vet has the title of "doctor" for a reason, and I'll admit that the veterinarian---having not seen him at all in 2 weeks and then seeing him in person today---must have had a much easier time noticing the changes which, to me, have been so subtle.
***UPDATE: 10 days following Triton's 6th (final) injection***
His moodiness seems to be subsiding for the most part, but his appetite is still not quite what it was.
Actually, his appetite for the Cichlid Bio Gold+ (which has always been his staple offering) seems undamaged, but he refuses everything else (just plays with it and spits it out, making a huge mess). Maybe I'll try a different offering once a week in the hopes that he'll start liking other foods again.
Here's some pics...
Showing his lighter 'moody' coloration...
Fins extended as he 'poses' for the camera...
I'm thinking he's looking better and better...what do you think?
hey BV.... That Charlie's Angels place on S. 84th has a heck of a deal on a 75g tank. I think it was $300 or $400 for tank, stand, canopy, and equipment. they've got a ton of stuff for sale, dirt cheap, because they're moving. you might check it out.
sorry to hear about your friend. hope he gets better. I have three, love them , great fish to watch. out of all the fish we own (a very lot) these are the most social. they can be very moody and a barrel of fun to. good luck. ours are only about 4" at the time. excepted for pigy he's 6".