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post #1 of 5 Old 02-20-2014, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
Cannibal fish

I have a severely chewed Rainbow shark, one of my favourites. He has been living with me for the past 12 years would be nice not to loose him. I have isolated him from the tank but he doesn't look very good. I wonder if there is

anything I can do to help him he is missing a lot of flesh from his back?? If someone has any ideas, he is not long for this world
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-20-2014, 11:53 PM
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Oh dear, I'm so sorry. That just SUCKS! I had this happen to one of my favorite fish too, except he was ripped up in the belly and didn't survive.

It depends how severe the injuries are and his own will to survive as well...but MOSTLY the injuries. They can survive some of the worst ouchies though. The other bright side is they also repair damage pretty fast in most cases.

What you want to do is make sure his water stays nice and clean, and stable. The less stress he's under the better, and clean water will help him heal without any infections setting in.

You can try using some stress coat+ to help repair damage and his slime coat faster too. Other than those three things, I don't know of anything else that would help out. Just a stress free area, clean water, and a little something to help repair the slime coat and protect the damaged area so it can grow back fast.

Keep an eye out for infection too. Have some antibiotics on hand, but don't use them unless you have to as meds also stress them out a bit. Clean is the best medicine for this type of thing, but it doesn't hurt to have something a tad more on hand as a just in case.

I hope he repairs and heals up quickly, it's so hard to see them hurting. Please keep us in the loop and let us know what happens. =)
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-21-2014, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
For now Mark the Shark is still alive but only just. When I look into his container he waves his fins. Will try some stress coat if he makes it through the night, don't have any on hand. Thanks for your quick response, kind regards
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-23-2014, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
Mark the Shark has died and gone too Heaven, I am very disappointed. I will miss his presence in the tank, will be looking for colourful fish to fill the void. Another fish chewed this morning, what's going on!!! Suspect Angel Fish with attitude.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-24-2014, 06:39 AM
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Nooo! T_T Awuh, I'm sorry. I thought since I hadn't heard back in a while that he may have been doing better and was excited for you. Injuries can be tricky and even with the best care can go either way if they're bad.

Yeah, colorful fish to fill the void...? What kind of colorful fish are we talking here? :3 Ah, after my Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami, Capone, died...I felt about the same. I seem to remember getting something a couple days later, but I cannot recall what it was. Hmmm, nope, drawing a blank. Still miss that little fishy though, he was cool.

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