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post #1 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Help Please!!!!

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Whilst sucking up rubbish from the gravel yesterday one of my zebras decided to swim into it. The fish is now struggling to swim straight and spends long periods clinging to the side of the tank. Physically one of its front fins doesnt appear to be moving and it has a small mark on the tail fin. Could this also have affected its swim bladder etc??? Sorry i am a new comer to all of this and not sure what to do for the best. Also can you get glass diveders for tanks to seperate the fish from the area being cleaned?
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 03:45 AM
It may have been injured. Just keep an eye on it. It may be ok after a little time. If the other fish start picking on it, you may have to segregate it in an isolation tank or breeding container.
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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thanks

cheers. The others are leaving him be for the moment, i may just up the food rations to keep them occupied for the time being!!
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 08:45 AM
Are you saying you chopped him with the gravel syphon?
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 09:57 AM
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If he has physical wounds, or if his fins seem shredded, beat up, etc. you might want to add some Melafix to speed his healing. It's an herbal extract that acts as an antibacterial, and people regularly add it to their tanks to speed and ease healing, and reduce the chance of infection. It's a nice, gentle all around fix, that won't harm your plants or scale-less fish (you'll see LOTS of references to it on this site). You can pick it up at any LFS for around $5-6.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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well it swam into the cleaner, i switched it off the second it swam in but it was too late methinks. seems a bit better now mind but still spends best part of the day floating on its belly
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 02:13 PM
Are you refering to a gravel syphon? How did you turn it off?
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-05-2008, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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i have some cleaner with an on/off button on the top. i know that it would have kept syphoning untill i took it out of the water but i didnt expect poor little toby to swim in there in first place
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-14-2008, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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poor little toby never recovered and i put him in some ice cold water and then in the freezer. He appeared to die instantly after hitting the cold water was this a good way for him to go? I now have a new plan of action for cleaning the tank
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-14-2008, 04:47 PM
OMG NO! JEEZ! THATS CRUEL AS HELL!
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