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Black Convict With Serious Open Wounds

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Black Convict With Serious Open Wounds
Old 07-18-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
 
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Black Convict With Serious Open Wounds

So I've been on vacation, and I just got back to a nightmare in my 70G cichlid tank. I had asked my dad's girlfriend to feed my fish, however, about 3 days before I got back, she had left for the Florida Keys. I guess somehow in that time, one of my lake cichlids had died () and my black convict was stuck in this ornament my dad had put in there. It was like a fake barnacle ornament-one my small convict could easily swim through. He was literally stuck--he had swam through the bottom, in attempt to get out the other end (which was smaller than the bottom) he got wedged in. He struggled and the ornament cut into him, causing serious open lacerations. My sister freed him after many attempts, and I scooped him up and QTed him in a small container. I put a little bit of aquarium salt, but thats all I did. He is currently laying on his side and breathing heavily through his gills. I don't know if he'll make it through the night. If he does, what should I do? What medications would help the open wounds? Occasionally he'll scoot to another place of the container, and he is very pale. He looks minutes away from death.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
 
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He doesn't move at all-just breathes ):
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
 
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I'm sorry BetterBetta. I don't think this little guy is going to make it and you best prepare yourself for that outcome. Sometimes fish get themselves into situations that just are not good for them. I lost a beautiful red Betta in the little hole in the bottom of a clay pot one time. Stuck there and passed away.
Your little guys just does not look good. I hope it all turns out for the best and that he can rest and can recover, I really do. I don't know much about meds. Hopefully someone else with experience will chime in.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
 
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Thank you for your concern, he's at least hanging in there, we can just hope for the best.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #5
 
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I agree it doesn't look good. I honestly wouldn't waste your money on meds this guy looks like he won't make it. If he does survive a couple days then I would say he has a fighting chance. In the mean time give him clean WARM water in the low 80's, the salt is good also. If you do want to get meds melafix would be your best bet. Just follow the instructions on the back.

GL with your fish hoping he pulls through!
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:02 AM   #6
 
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ah, that sucks. I really hope your fish pulls through
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:52 AM   #7
 
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+1 on the Melafix. I've had great success using it for wounds.

I hope the poor lil guy makes it.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:16 AM   #8
 
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Oh wow! Poor thing! I had a baby fantail goldfish get jammed between the side of the tank and the filter inlet tube - he held out for a week before he finally gave in. Then my black moor lost a fight and an eye - but with pristine water (water change every day) and antibiotic, he's ok.

Your poor convict is in a bad way, but with clean water, antibiotic (melafix isn't my fave, tbh) he may pull through. He may have internal bruising, which is really not good. You should be able to see bruising, if any, in a couple if days.

Good luck!
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:10 AM   #9
 
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This morning I awoke to him not breathing. But he passed a peaceful death, and one of the main reasons I took him out of the tank was so that the other fish wouldn't bully him. Thank you everyone for your concern, he was a strong fighter.
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:18 AM   #10
 
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Aww that's too bad. I hate when that happens. Those wounds did look painful.
Well I guess the next thing to do is to find a reliable trusted fish babysitter for the next time you have to be away. I know!, you thought you did!! Will Dad feed them at least for you? or an automatic feeder? They are about $20 but I have not tried it myself. A reliable neighbor's kid?
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