07-18-2011, 09:05 PM
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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.