Lockjaw or mouth rot on tiger barb

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by livetowin, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. livetowinValued MemberMember

    Hey all

    For the past 6 months I've noticed one of my barbs has had its jaw open. It doesn't seem to affect eating or breathing but it seems like hes "outta it" and disoriented the bottom jaw is semi transparent now but no bleeding or it doesnt seem to be hurting him. If I need to post a picture I can try. I just would like to know if it's mouth rot or just a genial defect.
  2. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    A picture really is helpful.

    If the fish is so oblivious to it's surroundings that you can net it without the fish trying to escape, you may want to consider culling it as it no longer has a sense of self preservation, which indicates just how far gone it is.
  3. livetowinValued MemberMember

    Here is the best picture I could get. Also I went to an LFS and they said that it sounds more like a case of lockjaw or a genetic defect because he still does eat. and he just likes to be more towards the top of the tank. 20121227_122909[1].jpg
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    It looks like it's missing it's upper jaw. Can/does it eat?
  5. livetowinValued MemberMember

    actually its the lower jaw and yes it eats.

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