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Help please! Badly injured Platy.

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Help please! Badly injured Platy.
Old 01-04-2010, 02:23 PM   #21
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I just got back from the store, and I've got Melafix at the ready if it's needed. I haven't added anything to the QT water, and it sounds like I shouldn't. The fish is eating well, thank goodness. I'll keep you guys updated. :)
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:58 PM   #22
It sounds like he's doing ok, so far. I think he'll be fine. :)
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:01 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by bettababy View Post
Angel079 is right, no salt with that mixture of fish. The medication to look for will be dependent on what symptoms present themselves, if any. Melafix could work for a fungal problem, but if bacteria sets in Melafix isn't going to have any effect. I still have to say its premature to be discussing types of meds as there is nothing to indicate they are yet needed. We don't know at this point if treatment will be needed, and if it is, what it is you will need to treat for. To just start adding medications without cause is more dangerous than letting the fish be to heal on its own.
I agree w/ bettababy and I'm sure Sir Lupin would give the same advice!
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:06 PM   #24
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I'm not an expert on fish diseases, but you should probably seal up the hole in your flowerpot with some silicate sealer that is rated safe for aquariums. That way no more fish will end up with cuts. Hope your fish gets better!
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:50 PM   #25
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I removed the flower pot. It had been previously filled with a simple airstone. Stupid me took it out and assumed the fish wouldn't try to swim through the hole.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:12 AM   #26
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How's your lil bugger this AM?
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:21 AM   #27
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The little bugger is chilling in his bucket. The wound looks no worse, but really no better either. As I said before he's eating well and I'll do a water change when I get home from school, so I think the healing should kick in soon.

Do fish get scabs like we do? Or will the skinless patch just slowly become orange and turn into skin? (The fish is a red wag.)
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:27 AM   #28
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Buy some API Stress Coat. It has healing power of Aloe Vera replaces slime coat reduces electrolyte loss and promotes tissue regeneration it also removes Clorine and neutralizes chloramines. I had some new Bubblebee Platies that had their fins torn up at the pet store and I used this and their fins grew back and are perfectly fine now. I always keep this on hand under my tank.

Another good medication to keep on hand is PimaFix and MelaFix by API.

Natural botanical remedy for fungal and bacterial infections, harmless to aquatic plants, safe for freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
This treats cotton-like fungal infections and both internal and external bacterial infections.PimaFix harnesses the unique antifungal and antibacterial properties of the West Indian bay Tree (pimenta racemosa) for a safe and natural remedy: prevents the development of resistant strains of disease-causing organisms. Will not discolor water,affect biological filter, or ph during treatment. Will not harm aquatic plants. For extreme cases, PimaFix can safely be used with MiraFix to provide the added benefit of quick tissue regeneration and wound healing.


Antibacterial remedy containing the natural botanical extract from the Tea Tree (Melaleuca) MelaFix is an excellent altermative treatment for resistant strains of bacteria unaffected by traditional medications. Treats bacterial infections in as little as 4 days and heals open wounds, ulcers, and damaged fins. Does'nt affect ph, safe for invertebratres like dwarf shrimp or snails you may have. I even used this in my baby fry tank.

Water changes are good as mentioned above to keep the water clean .
Most Petstores like Petco, Petsmart carries these medications. I use both together in my hospital tank when I get something going on with my fish that are new before adding them to my main tank of community fish. If you keep these 4 things in your medicine box for your fish Stress Coat, MelaFix,PimaFix and maybe some Ich medication you should be ok for anything that might come up in your tanks and they are very safe to use instead of other types of medications. I hope this helps you and I hope your Platy recovers from it's ordeal.

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Old 01-05-2010, 03:27 PM   #29
I agree with eileen.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:21 PM   #30
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So Stress Coat is more of a healing suppliment rather than medication per se? I like API, they make good stuff.

I have MelaFix on hand should an infection develop, should I use the Stress Coat to aid healing? I don't really want to buy it if it's not needed.
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