I Need Help Please!


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Phish24/7

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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?
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Hubby asks if it didn’t get caught on something? Says it looks torn?
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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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