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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Fish Injury! Help!

I have two bala sharks in a 50 gallon tank. I came home yesterday to find one of them stuck in the water regulator thing. I have never had a problem with fish getting stuck in it, but I guess there is a first time for everything. I thought he was dead, but then he twitched, and I switched the thing on reverse and he shot out. He looked dead, but gradually came back to life. He began swimming right side up and breathing more regularly. He is now swimming along side his buddy like nothing happened. During this ordeal, the regulator thing sucked off all of his scales on his 'neck' area. You can see the flesh underneath. Is there anything I can put in the water to make it cleaner so he doesnt get an infection and he is more comfortable? Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 02:21 PM
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Stess Coat should help. I hope he gets better!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 04:51 PM
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I would remove him and keep him in a small hospital tank for now. Keep it in a quiet area and wrap a towel around it to keep it dark (this will calm him down). Use Melafix but don't medicate unless you actually notice an infection (no, Melafix isn't a med).

Remember to keep the water clean with regular small water changes. And if you think he isn't too bad off you could probably leave him in the main's just that hospital tanks are easier to medicate and keep clean.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 06:25 PM
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Sasami told me about the Melafix and it is wonderful! Last spring our fancy tail was in the return of the pond in a rough net. He was a mess when I got him out. I never thought he would make it but Sasami really talked us through it. He's a happy fish today.
Although I think he has a problem with his swim bladder - but I don't think it's related to the "accident".
Good luck with your baby. I am sure he will pull through just fine with some TLC.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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It was a super traumatic event..seeing him stuck like that in the regulator thing. Thanks everyone so much for the advice!
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