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post #11 of 29 Old 10-10-2011, 05:52 PM
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Okay, perfect! Thank you for the help! How often are you online here on TFK, Byron? You have helped me in many of my threads, and I am thankful!
You're most welcome. I am online most days, in the morning and depending upon this and that, through the afternoon. Fridays I usually stay off as I travel by train into Vancouver [I live in Pitt Meadows, about 25 miles outside Vancouver].

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post #12 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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You're most welcome. I am online most days, in the morning and depending upon this and that, through the afternoon. Fridays I usually stay off as I travel by train into Vancouver [I live in Pitt Meadows, about 25 miles outside Vancouver].
So it's been 8 days since the last post in this thread. My Black Skirt still looks miserable with his "bite" mark on the underside. It does not look like it has gotten any better. While the other black skirts are swimming around, he is just sitting in the back of the tank. I don't know what to do with him because I feel bad for him just sitting in the tank. I don't have another take to sit him in to heal. I also don't want to medicate my tank with all the healthy ones in there. Any suggestions?!

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Well, as for not medicating the tank, I understand that. But, it can't hurt if you put some stress guard or something like that in there, right? I don't know if it will help that much, but if it really does reduce stress in fish (I assume it does) it will lower the chance of the fish getting a bacterial infection in the wound, since when fish are stressed their immune systems are weakened. It's better than nothing, I guess, right?

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Well, as for not medicating the tank, I understand that. But, it can't hurt if you put some stress guard or something like that in there, right? I don't know if it will help that much, but if it really does reduce stress in fish (I assume it does) it will lower the chance of the fish getting a bacterial infection in the wound, since when fish are stressed their immune systems are weakened. It's better than nothing, I guess, right?
Like I said before, with it being only one fish, I don't want to add anything to my tank. I also don't have a different tank. I'm asking for alternate solutions. I don't know what to do with the hurt fish :(

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Can you post a clear photo of this fish? If this is a true bite, aside from keeping a lookout for fungus there is not much you can do. If it is some sort of internal issue, it might be best to destroy the fish to avoid spreading whatever it is. Diagnosing things like this is not easy.

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Can you post a clear photo of this fish? If this is a true bite, aside from keeping a lookout for fungus there is not much you can do. If it is some sort of internal issue, it might be best to destroy the fish to avoid spreading whatever it is. Diagnosing things like this is not easy.
When I get home i will do my best to get a shot of him. Check back here in awhile.

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post #17 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Got several shots of him. Sorry for the bad quality pictures. Low light in my room forces me to sky rocket the ISO. Even then I still get a slow shutter speed which takes away from the crispness of the shot. Anyways, here is what he looks like. He also always has poop hanging from him. At least I think its poop.



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post #18 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 08:25 PM
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I am not much when it comes to diagnosing issues, but I am very skeptical that that is actually from a bite. If I had that fish, I would quickly net it out and destroy it. My biggest fear is health problems spreading.

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I wonder if you were given epsom salt. Wouldnt that effect pH slightly? or at least hardness?

Thats the only thing I can think of where salt would have an effect on pH since its magnesium sulfate and not NaCl.

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post #20 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 09:23 PM
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And sorry to see your little fish like that. :( poor little fella.
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