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Fish with open wound.

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Murray Duncan

Monday, August 06, 2001 - 08:09 am

I have a red eye tetra with an open wound on its side. I think it has bashed its self while being chased by a considerably larger red eye (whose gonna get a bash on the head soon if he's not careful) (not). Is there anything I can do to speed up its recovery and prevent infection or should I just wait and see how it gets on? The tank is only two months old and I have never used any chemicals in it or lost a fish. Thx in advance for any advise offered.



Monday, August 06, 2001 - 11:46 am
You could try treating with Kanamycin in a QT tank if you think it is not clearing up or you notice any fungus (white patches)on the fish. I would NOT recommend any salt as tetra really don't do well with it.



Monday, August 06, 2001 - 06:16 pm
Murray, are you sure this is not lateral line disease? Do you see where the lateral line runs from his head to his tail? Is this where the open wound is? I am not in a place to check my fish books, but if you type this into the search engine, it more than likely will help you out.

I suggest the Kanamycin as Joyce suggested to keep infection from starting. A small dose of aquarium salt can be used, just be careful not to add too much as this will then become caustic instead of soothing to him.


Murray Duncan

Wednesday, August 08, 2001 - 01:22 am
Thx For the replies people.

I went and got some Kanamycin but haven't used it yet. The wound is vertical not horizontal but I will read up on lateral line disease. On further inspection the wound seems to be healing, a bit hard to tell. There is no fungus either. I'll give it another day or so then make a decision. Once again thx.

Your help is invaluable to a newcomer to the hobby. I'm really enjoying my fish and it makes a change to try to care for them rather than just catching and cooking them.. :o)



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