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tonybb 03-25-2011 04:24 PM

Sucker fish injury
hello everyone. im in frantic need of help. ive had this fish for about 12 years and i noticed about a week ago that he chopped of the tip of his nose. so now i have him in his own 55gallon tank and hes not eating at all. went down to the lfs told the guy what happened and he sent me home with rid-ich plus. well things have gone from bad to worst. lastnight he was swimming out of control, thought he was dead a few times put my hand in the tank and rolled him over and rested him in my palm. it was getting pretty late so when i went to bed he seemed ok and this morning and i just got home from work and hes right side up on the bottom of the tank but hes not eatting at all not sucking on the glass. i need some help man i dont want to lose this fish.

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fish4ever 03-26-2011 12:15 PM

it doesnt look like ick but it could be little pests chewing on him if you really want himn to live set up an aquarium about the same size with new water it might still not work though but good luck!!!

Christople 03-26-2011 12:37 PM

Oh that is a bad cut. I have heard melafix

turtle10 03-26-2011 02:45 PM

Why did the pet store guy give you rid ich? That is definitely not ick, that is some sort of wound, not a parasite.

Right now quarantine him and keep him in clean water with daily water changes.

Christople 03-26-2011 02:47 PM

to prevent ich.

turtle10 03-26-2011 02:48 PM


Originally Posted by Christople (Post 629820)
to prevent ich.

But the fish didn't have parasites it had an injury.

Christople 03-26-2011 02:52 PM

yes the reason it helps is just to prevent it from a parasite or infection because open wounds increase the chance for a infection or parasite. For treating it just keep the water clean and go back to the shop ad look at the uses of some meds and if it says to use it to heal gashes then get it and dose it properly.

turtle10 03-26-2011 02:55 PM

He should have given him something for the wounds first.. The current issues at hand are more important than problems that could arise in the future.

Christople 03-26-2011 03:25 PM

Yes the man should have given him both because both are as serious. The wound might heal but there might be a infection and it'll die from that. Therefore I say both are equally serious.

turtle10 03-26-2011 03:33 PM

Well there is always a chance of infection and illness wound or not, and some people can't afford two medicines so it would be best to treat the wound as it is more important that a disease he may or may not get.

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