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post #1 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Question Nurse tank environment - help

I have a peacock that got worked over by some mbunas - I think... they looked really suspicious. There are other peacocks in the tank. Any suggestions about a nurse tank set up? I've got him alone in a smaller tank and I'd like to attempt to nurse him back to health.

- lifted scales
- "bloody" looking in some traumatized areas
- shallow breathing
- swim bladder damaged?? - - - swimming on his side

He's about 4-5 inches... a "pink" variety. He's albino (pale eyes) with a creamsicle colouring. I don't really expect him to live, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

ps. I named him Rue McClanahan... even though he's male.
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 11:58 AM
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i would have it set up as follows...
a 10 or 20 gallon bare bottom
filter media off the main tank and water from it for 50% of first fill and fresh clean treated for the other 50%
some PVC pipes to provide shelter and comfort
change 50% of water every 2 days for a week and if he looks better goto 25% every 3 days for another week and back to regular changes after that... after 3-4 weeks if he is looking good rearrange the main tank and reintroduce him back in ...

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post #3 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:12 PM
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Do you want some rocks to make caves or something? I have a bunch leftover from when I set up my tank... some bigger round ones, and probably some flat ones to make tops.
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:16 PM
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based on the way i am reading this it will be more of a hospital tank and the less that is in there to have to clean in between patients the better...

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post #5 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Rue McClanahan and I thank you bearwithfish.

I've set it up pretty much as you've noted. He's basically adrift with the filter-borne water current in the tank. Should I reduce the flow? Change to aeration?
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post #6 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:19 PM
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use a half of a water bottle to defuse the current and add an air stone both will halp a bit ... it the fish breathing? does it swim at all or just float....

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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-very little swimming
-pectoral fin movement
-independent movement and "going with the flow"
-shallow breathing.

What means "half of a water bottle"? cut a plastic bottle in half? and then ??? This sounds like something I learned in my university days...
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post #8 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:32 PM
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if using a HOB filter cut the bottom and top off a drinking bottle (20 oz) and then cut the remaining tube up one side.. now separate the sides and place on out let from filter the curve will hold the plastic in place and the water will come out the two ends but not directly into the tank (diffusion) and will make the flow gentler for the fish to swim in...

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post #9 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:33 PM
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here is a pic i found on line gives the basic idea
Diverter illustration.jpg

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post #10 of 15 Old 02-24-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Fantastic! Thank you!
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