Originally Posted by chang582
Heres the situation. so I have these two silver arowanas right. unfortunatly one of my 6in aro got in a fight with my oscar or what ever the matter is but it recived a nasty wound. :cry: yes i did quritine and isolated into a smaller 10g tank. I just discover this probly with 3-4 hours becuase before i left to go to school he was fine and now my aro has a open wound right after i came back home. with that said the wound ISNT infected of any matter yet and i hope not. the scale or skin had been torn off prob about .5 of an inch in radius on the side of the aro. i can clearly see the muscle tendens its not to deeps eaither. oscars have sand paper like teeth is im not to concern. in conclusion im wonderin whats the best way to treat this kind of situation? so far i have been changeing 50% of the water every other day and adding salt and a pinch of stress/water condistioner. any other different ideas? what works for you? btw arowana's are freakin expensive and itll suck if this one have to go but ill try everything to get it back to health. thanks.
Sorry to hear about the damaged fish but unless the tank housing these fish is at least two hundred gallons, I would expect as much to happen.
Were it me,,(and it ain't) I would perform daily 50 percent water change and perhaps lower the temp slowly to around 75 degrees to help slow down possible bacterial infection. The salt may not harm the fish in small amount on temporary basis, but if wound looks to become infected,, I would treat the affected fish with Maracyn and Maracyn ll.
Nearly all literature on the arowana will tell you appropriate tank size, and will NOT offer many recommended tank mates for these fish.
Do make sure that the lid on isolation tank is secure and I would reduce feeding during treatment of the affected fish to help preserve water quality between water changes (daily). In good health other than wound,and excellent water quality,,the wound can heal on it's own in a mattter of perhaps three weeks.
If infection sets in,,medications suggested would be my choice while monitoring the water quality to ensure that biological filter remained effective.
Follow directions on medications (more is not better) and remove any carbon from the tank where this medication is used until after treatment. Good Luck.