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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 ...
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?
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.
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