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post #1 of 13 Old 01-15-2009, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Open sore on Dwarf Gourami, HELP?

Hello, I recently addaded a dwarf Gourami to my tank, and shortly after he got an open sore near his mouth. any Ideas or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
the tank is a 69 gallon hex with @ 40 gallons of water, heavily planted. The GH is @ 12 and the PH is 7.6. the temperature is 72-74 F. In the tank is 4 Otto cats (Otocinclus vestitus) 5 Colombian red blueTetra (Hyphessobrycon columbianus)
3 Pangio oblonga (Black Kuhli Loaches) 1 Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia)
5 male guppies @ 12 Ghost shrimp (Palaemonetes Sp.)
3 Eastern Red-Spotted Newts (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens)
1 Gray tree frog (Hyla Versicolor).
I do frequent small water changes of about 10%.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-15-2009, 11:06 AM
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It looks like he got bit by someone in the tank, who? I do not know. Have you seen any of the other fish chasing him about?
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-15-2009, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, my first thought was that another fish took a bite. However, none of my fish are aggressive. And I haven't seen any agression towards him.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-15-2009, 12:40 PM
Hi, i sure would put him in a qt and purchase med for open wounds, all lfs will have it.Your everyday ph seems high and temperature low. You should check all references before altering it. I know you can only go down .2 ph each 24 hours and temp gradually but not as strictly.Definately get the fish in a qt .I would never risk the integrity of an established tank by holding onto 1 sick fish.
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-15-2009, 03:57 PM
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Your pH is fine... I don't recommend messing with it. It could be a bacterial infection at this point. Do you have water parameters such as ammonia, nitrites and nitrates?

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-15-2009, 04:20 PM
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I think it could be a tumor but if you care for that fish that much you can perform a surgery on it by

running a water/clove oil solution over the gills as an anesthetic

removing the tumor

allow to recover for two weeks

CAUTION RISKY OPERATION
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-16-2009, 10:25 AM
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That's NOT something you want to do and you shouldn't never recommend that to someone...

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-16-2009, 12:10 PM
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This is a very bad idea. First off its not easy to know if this is swelling, a parasite or infection, or a tumor. Two of those conditions will be worsened by this surgery. Even if it is a tumor this is a small fish and an even smaller lump. With no training I don't see how you're going to remove this growth without causing far more extensive damage to the fish than its currently suffering.

I'd isolate the fish in a QT tank if at all possible and focus on giving him the best water conditions you can.

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-16-2009, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, don't worry I am not performing any surgeries!!
I am going to put him in the QT tank and take it from there.
He actually looked a little better this morning. the only thing i have done so far was to add som stress coat with aloe. I'll keep everyone posted. Thanks again.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-16-2009, 04:45 PM
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Your newts are very interesting. Do they come out of the water often? Is the tree frog in the same tank? Sounds pretty cool. Do you have a full picture of your tank?
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