I Need Help Please! Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Phish24/7, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Phish24/7New MemberMember

    So I came home today after work and started my usual rounds of feeding, cleaning, dosing, ect and I got to my 125 catfish tank and I was horrified to see my adult Lima shovelnose catfish had a huge wound about 1 1/2 inches long and 1 inch long it's not very deep thank the aquarium gods.

    I tried diagnosing it myself to no avail. I think it's either a heater burn or my calico shark also called harlequin shark attacked him because I have had issues with him and other tankmates before just never this bad.

    I started a 20% water change and have removed the calico for now and put him in a empty tank as a precaution. I'm going to add some aquarium salt after the water change. I also swabbed the affected area with some povidone iodine(betadine) and while I have him out of the water I noticed that his skin was kinda faded in a blotchy type pattern around the wound.

    So I need to know what caused this horrible incident and how can I prevent it. What else can I do to save this fish? 20180424_210957.jpg
  2. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Hubby asks if it didn’t get caught on something? Says it looks torn?
  3. FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    It's quite possible that he ran into something and got a chunk torn off. I would do bigger water changes to promote healthy healing. Pristine water = better healing and better health.
  4. smee82Fishlore VIPMember

    I agree qt him and keep his water as clean as possible
  5. Phish24/7New MemberMember

    Yeah I think your right, he does get starteled quite easily. Been do 20% changes once a day and he doesn't seem to be acting abnormal.
  6. yukondogWell Known MemberMember

    Fish can be pretty resilient, I've caught fish that have been hit by a shark that healed and lived another day only to wind up in a fish fry.

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