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post #21 of 32 Old 01-24-2011, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'll keep my camera handy :)

I just noticed my elephant nose's skin seems to be pealing??? His fins look a little ragged too :( Is it left over from some type of "burn" :( You can kind of see in the pic, it's on the top and bottom of him. Yesterday I noticed he had some blueish like blotches in the same area. He did not have this prior to the water change.

I tried to get a good shot. It is not normal for him to be out of one of his caves in the day light. I turned off the tank light, so only the light from the windows in the room is available in the tank.

What can I do for him?

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post #22 of 32 Old 01-24-2011, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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My elephant nose is now dieing :( He stopped swimming around, went into one of his caves. He's now on his back barely breathing. I'm doubting there is anything I can do at this point. My poor fish :(
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post #23 of 32 Old 01-24-2011, 08:55 PM
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Oh man, your poor fish. I'm so sorry.

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post #24 of 32 Old 01-25-2011, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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I feel so bad for him. He is still alive as of now. I helped him upright, and he's remained there not swimming, but still breathing. I still don't expect him to make it, but I have very very slight hope, I can't put him in the freezer. I don't want to lose him, but he is clearly not in a good way. Is there anything I can do to help him, and/or his skin feel better? Is that from ammonia burns?
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post #25 of 32 Old 01-25-2011, 09:05 AM
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I don't know what you could do to help the poor guy but I did have an idea what if you removed some of the water and replace it with bottled water that way you could get rid of the chlorine/ammonia that way.

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post #26 of 32 Old 01-25-2011, 09:22 AM
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For me, there are 3 things I always do when wierd symptoms show up.

1. Add an extra dose of dechlorinator that also reduces ammonia. (or dechlorinator)
2. Do a 40% water change. (with bottled water in your case. Actually, since the ph might be different, I'd do 20% twice.)
3. Add an airstone. Oxygenation helps fish recover.

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post #27 of 32 Old 01-25-2011, 09:42 AM
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Redchigh's advice is good, it does look like similar to ammonia burn.

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post #28 of 32 Old 01-25-2011, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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He is still breathing this morning, but his skin has gone yellowish. He is in such bad shape :(

I purchased AmQuel+ the morning I got the test at the LFS. I tested the water and it tests clear. I didn't add him back in till I knew it was safe. Should I still do a water change today?

These burns are over so much of his body, I don't expect him to make it. To remain breathing all night, he is a fighter. The yellowing is mostly where you see the skin starting to flake in the photo on the top of his body. I still have the lights off today, even thou he is in a cave. Not sure what I should do with him. There don't appear to be any infections, just the skin burn.
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post #29 of 32 Old 01-25-2011, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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He has gone to that big river in the sky.

I don't know if I'm even going to re-stock the tank after this. I originally set it up to grow out my fist Koi as they were so tiny. The tank is in my office, and watching them was such a great stress relief (I'm a web n software developer). They moved on to the pond when they were big enough. The tank don't have the same stress relief qualities any more.
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He has gone to that big river in the sky.

I don't know if I'm even going to re-stock the tank after this. I originally set it up to grow out my fist Koi as they were so tiny. The tank is in my office, and watching them was such a great stress relief (I'm a web n software developer). They moved on to the pond when they were big enough. The tank don't have the same stress relief qualities any more.
Oh no I am so sorry he didn't make it. Please rethink not restocking the tank it would be a shame not to. Sometimes live is painful but then we move on and it gets better.
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