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OscarLoverJim 07-29-2010 08:13 PM

heater burns
 
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Last Spring my fish burnt him/herself on the metal rod element of my aquarium heater. I'd never had this happen before and I never actually saw it happen this time but it's the only thing that could have caused the wound; which began looking like a black patch, then the scales all turned white got soft and died and had to be replaced. Fortunately though it took awhile my oscar totally recovered and since then I've placed the heating elements where the oscar can't get near them.

kitten_penang 07-30-2010 06:56 PM

lucky the burn site din't turn into a fungus attack

OscarLoverJim 07-30-2010 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 436015)
lucky the burn site din't turn into a fungus attack

Yes, though I also treated with Mellafix.

kitten_penang 07-30-2010 07:19 PM

i thought melafix was bad. isn't it?? it aggravates the wound.something like pouring alcohol on the wound when we get cut.

OscarLoverJim 07-30-2010 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 436035)
i thought melafix was bad. isn't it?? it aggravates the wound.something like pouring alcohol on the wound when we get cut.

No, melafix is a very good and natural treatment for warding off bacterial or fungal infections and aides in the healing of wounds.

and no I am not a paid ad man for melafix :-) I have just had good experiences with it - especially keeping oscars who are in general big brute bruisers always slamming into things and banging themselves up!

kitten_penang 07-30-2010 08:01 PM

it also says it's for minor fungus problems not major.i bought it so i did some home work on it after.most say fish that can breath air shouldn't take it either.is this true?

OscarLoverJim 07-30-2010 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 436070)
it also says it's for minor fungus problems not major.i bought it so i did some home work on it after.most say fish that can breath air shouldn't take it either.is this true?

It's primarily for antibacterial use I'm not actually sure how well it works on fungus. It can reduce the O2 in the water during treatment, but I don't know why that would be worse for 'air breathing' fish since they could breath air at the surface anyway.

kitten_penang 07-30-2010 08:52 PM

it seems it destroys the gills and and makes the fish stress out and have difficulty breathing. it also said something about a labyrinth or something can't really remember.

OscarLoverJim 07-30-2010 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 436108)
it seems it destroys the gills and and makes the fish stress out and have difficulty breathing. it also said something about a labyrinth or something can't really remember.


I'd be interested read the source your citing if you could get me a link?

This burn situation I had was the only time fortunately in years I've had to use any kind of medication, I used the melafix due to the high potential for infection in such a burn. My oscar got no infection and I noted him/her having no adverse reactions to the treatment.

Melafix is a holistic treatment made of tea tree extract, I can find nothing anywhere about it destroying gills and in fact everything I've read states it supports healing of tissues. I have read as I wrote before it can lower O2 levels in water which might make it harder for fish to breath but since bacterial infections can kill fish one would have to weigh the situation I guess.

I haven't read anything about it harming bettas, gouramis or other labyrinth fish but it seems to me they'd be better off with the treatment as they don't have to rely on the O2 in the water so much.

kitten_penang 07-30-2010 09:22 PM

i'll get the link for you to read.will post them here if i'm not hijacking thing post.am i?


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