03-18-2010, 12:34 AM
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Injured angelfish, probably near death
I came home from a 3 day vacation today, and my little sister pointed out that one of my angelfish was stuck to the filter tube. I quickly removed it from the tube, thinking it was dead, but it started struggling in my hand and I let it go. To my horror, one side of the fish is wrinkled in the shape of the filter tube, so I think it's been there for a while. My dad and little brother stayed home, so I don't know how they could have missed it. This particular angelfish has always been sickly, with contracted fins, and it always hung at the surface, occasionally diving down to hide behind something. Now it's drifting around, out of control when it tries to swim anywhere near the filter output, and is hanging at the surface. I fed all of the fish, and they excitedly took the food from the surface. The injured one tried to take some food, but it's drifting and sometimes swimming sideways. I'm giving it until morning, but I don't think the poor thing will make it. Earlier it was laying sideways on the bottom under a plant.