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post #1 of 4 Old 06-28-2011, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
Ram scales peeled back

My female ram was guarding her babies and doing her thing and I did a water change. While I was changing the water she swam up to the tube and swam into it and the scales on her forehead and belly peeled back. I was told methaylene blue, I know of melafix. It is a planted tank no carbon,with shrimp, What do I do

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2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
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6 Poecilia Reticulata




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post #2 of 4 Old 06-29-2011, 03:17 AM
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Methylene blue would be the better option, especially if there are fry in the tank. It may damage some of your plants, so you may want to remove them during treatment. Do not mix the mentylene blue with the melafix, they are not safe to use together. The methylene blue shouldn't harm the shrimp, but if you're concerned, you may want to move them to a quarantine tank with your plants.

At the end of treatment be sure to add carbon to the filter to help remove the medication. Follow the dosing directions closely, be careful not to overdose, but under dosing means it will be less effective. Whatever measuring spoon you may use for dosing the medication will need to be cleaned afterwards with bleach water and reserved for medication use only, it will no longer be safe for human use.

The biggest risk is fungal infection for something like this, though bacteria can also be a culprit. Keeping tank conditions in A1 condition will help to avoid both. Provided it is just scales that are damaged, they can grow back. If the injuries go deeper, there is the chance she could bleed out without you ever noticing it. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent that from happening if the damage is severe. I wish you the best of luck!

Let me know if there's anything more I can do to help.

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Juneau, WI
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-29-2011, 03:30 AM
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I have had young loaches and other small fishes that swam into the tube during water changes .
Even lost a Ram once that traveld through the tube and out the door before I could attempt to catch it.
I then decided to place nylon mesh over the end of the syphon with rubberband .
Mesh can't be too fine or it clogs, but found some at local Hobby Lobby that is larger and works well .
Hope the fish pulls through.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-29-2011, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
will most likely try that. I got melafix because all the place with metheylene blue were too fa, it did peel away the skin too and there is some blood but not a lot

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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