Red Tail Shark Hurt?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by str8flxn, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. str8flxnValued MemberMember

    Good day,
    My red tail shark behaviour seems to have changed. Not coming out to eat when it's feeding time and less active.

    Then I noticed the bottom of its mouth seemed swollen or damaged. Can anyone tell me what's wrong?

    I attached some pics hopefully you can see what I'm talking about

  2. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    Definitely an injury of some sort. Looks like he got caught in something pretty badly.

    Can you net him and take him out of the water to get a clearer picture of the damage? If it's so extensive that it's preventing him from eating I would honestly euthanize.
  3. shiv234

    shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    not euthanize as yet.....see if it heals

  4. kayla.s

    kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

  5. kayla.s

    kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    As for his injury, it puzzles me as to what could cause that and I wonder if it's not some disease perhaps... give it a week and see if it heals any, otherwise I do agree with euthanasia, instead of starvation:(
  6. shiv234

    shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    i think the best way of euthanize a fish painlessly would be to use clove oil.
  7. OP

    str8flxnValued MemberMember

  8. OP

    str8flxnValued MemberMember

    This pic is probably the clearest I can get..behavior is the same. Always hiding by the sponge filter.

    Is euthanizing really my best and only option? :(
  9. kayla.s

    kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    Do you have other sharks in the tank?
  10. jakefoster

    jakefosterValued MemberMember

    usually an injury around the mouth is from lip-locking (fighting) with another fish.

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