01-04-2010, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
Yikes, sounds bad. When you say "down to the meat" do you mean scales ripped off and the area looks white or worse than that? When these things happen the best thing (IME) is to keep the water clean, very clean, and make sure your parameters are testing zero for ammonia and nitrites, which I'm sure it is as this is an established tank.
If a bacterial infection sets in you will have to treat with meds. I've had this happen with a few of my fish and they recovered nicely. All I did was keep the water VERY fresh and clean by increasing the number of water changes than I normally do. I wouldn't move his as in my opinion that's more stress. Stress is likely to increase the changes of an infection of setting in which he is now vulnerable to with this open wound. Hopefully others with more experience will chime in with their advice.
My tank is fully cycled now (0's for NH3, NO2, NO3).
When he was first cut, the wound was pink (muscle tissue visible), and he's got some ragged skin around the cuts. " What other fish are in the tank with him? Platys will respond well to salt in the water during time of injury such as this, but that will be dependent on what other fish are in that tank and if they can handle the salt. Other than the advice all the others have given to keep the water conditions pristine, there is little else to do at this point." The other fish are a Dwarf Gourami, Zebra Danios, a mystery snail, and a little herd of pond snails. I do have aquarium salt on hand, but I don't know how it'll effect the other fish.
I'm going shopping today, what medicine would you reccomend as an antibiotic if the wounds become infected?
THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU everyone for the help!