How can I treat this?

KeriMc

My son just added this black skirt tetra to his 10 gallon yesterday. These marks are on both sides of its body and I have no idea how it happened. Looks almost like a burn. How can I treat this to save the fish?
 

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georgelee1000

Water change. Raise the temp slowly. And salt.
 

DoubleDutch

Water change. Raise the temp slowly. And salt.
Why exactly raise the temp ?
 

MacZ

Water change. Raise the temp slowly. And salt.
Waterchanges: yes.
Temp should rather be lowered to inhibit bacteria reproduction. The sweet spot would be between 23 and 25°C, higher would promote bacteria growth, lower would dial down the fishes metabolism too much so wound healing would be slowed down.
As these tetras are softwater fish, tannins/humic acids from IALs and alder cones are preferrable to salt.

That's all that can be done.
 

georgelee1000

I think the idea is to fasten the metabolism and fasten the healing. Plus a lot of bacteria don’t survive high temp and frequent water change will get rid of the bacterial load. A lot of fish breeders will do four things when fish is sick. Salt, increase temp, water change, feed less. Just my two cents.
 

MacZ

I've bred fish for a decade, raising temp was never a measure we took.
 

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