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post #1 of 38 Old 01-03-2010, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Help please! Badly injured Platy.

I just came home to find one of my platies with his head stuck in the hole in the bottom of a flower pot that I have in my tank. I don't know how long he was there for, but I pushed him back through it as soon as I found him. He's cut himself down to the meat just in front of his dorsal fin, on the top and bottom. He is currently in the top corner of the tank chilling. (All fins moving.) Is there anything I can do for him? Or just wait and see?

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post #2 of 38 Old 01-03-2010, 07:51 PM
Oh, no!! Poor thing!! I don't really know what to tell you except to keep him in clean water and hopefully, that will help him heal.Hopefully, someone else will come along with better advice than me.
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post #3 of 38 Old 01-03-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Do I take the chance and move him? ( I have a really small 1 gallon that I could put an airstone in, or I could use a just-about-5-gallon bucket.) Or leave him be?

I don't know what to do for him!
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I'd say if noone is bothering him, he should be ok and recover assuming your water is good.
I do not know if any meds would be necessary, wait for someone more experienced to chime in.
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Please experienced fish owners, get in here! I don't know what to do!
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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.

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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.

I am not fond of suggesting preventive medication without just cause... but if you should notice changes in the wound such as reddening of the tissue either in or around the wound, red veining in the fins or on the body of the fish, fuzzy types of growth, gross color change of the wound or directly around it, or if his behavior or eating habits change suddenly... post right away so we can get the proper meds in there to help him out. At this point, I think adding medication would be premature.

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post #9 of 38 Old 01-04-2010, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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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!
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I'd pers be very careful with Salt & Dwarf Gourami in that tank.

Any chance you can QT the sick platy? Like at least in the w/c bucket with some heat for few days? Then if it was me, I'd use Melafix from API.

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