Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

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Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by KorrepZ » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:37 am

Hi Guys,

Since a few days my Fahaka Yoda is having a strange infection-like thing on its tail. He also stopped eating since yesterday and is just laying in his corner, clearly not feeling well.

Does anybody know which medicine i could use best to treat this? He has been my companion for over 9 years and has never been sick before.

I checked my water parameters, all is fine. Still did a small water change just before i left for work today. He lives in a 600 liter tank with about 10 little leopard danios to keep him active.

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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by Iliveinazoo » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:31 am

Looks more like a parasite to me - maybe an anchor worm?
I'm not sure what the best form of treatment would be - maybe something like Lice-solve?

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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:40 am

Almost looks like a tumor of some kind. Be sure to keep the parameters pristine. May need surgery on this.
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by KorrepZ » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:01 pm

Eeek, surgery. I dont know if there is such a person in the netherlands.

It really looks as if his flesh is rotting or something. I hope things will turn out ok.
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:12 pm

You would have to knock the fish out with MS-222 & cut it off with a razor blade.
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by KorrepZ » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:45 pm

Oh dear, that sounds intense.

Any idea at what point i should consider trying such as thing? I'd image first try some sort of medicine first and operate as a last measure. Like with humans....

Been trying to get a better view of his tail and it looks like just one "nerve" (one of the thick stripes which he uses to open en close his tailfin) of his tail got swollen and kind of rotting.

I would like to try something first without surgery so he can try and heal on his own? Still have no clue what to use tho, should I try MELAFIX first?
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by grup » Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:04 pm

Can you provide better images of the tail area ?

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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:24 pm

Melafix isn't going to touch this.
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by KorrepZ » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:27 pm

Finally today Yoda decided to swim around a bit so I could take a photo of both sides of his tail. He is always wild so always hard to take a clear photo but here are two.

He is still not touching his food tho....

The unaffected right side
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The affected right side
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by eieio » Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:50 pm

in your last picture, it looks "less bad" than in your first picture in the opening post
to me, it looks like an infection, not a parasite
a better picture would be helpful
pristine water, Melafix, and an antibiotic would be my inclination
increase aeration when using Melafix
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:22 pm

It does look bacterial. Add 1 tbsp salt/10g. Try Kanaplex.
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by KorrepZ » Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:02 pm

Yeah it looks worse when he wraps his tail. When he waves it out its a better view.

Ok, i'll start with the salt. Just found out its a b*tch to order Melafix or Kanaplex in the Netherlands. Nothing but webshops from the States sell it.
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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by pokeystar » Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:38 pm

KorrepZ wrote:Just found out its a b*tch to order Melafix or Kanaplex in the Netherlands. Nothing but webshops from the States sell it.
I buy it in Ireland in the LFS easy enough. I did a quick search on ebay under European Union selllers and theres plant closer to home than the states. The kanaplex looks like it would be a USA order though!

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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by KorrepZ » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:28 am

Melafix It on its way. But the order may take up to 5 october, a week from now. Meanwhile Yoda's condition is getting worse and worse. He does not eat, gettin thinner and the meat around the wound is gettin white. I also think the Syno, his tankmate who is always hiding under wood, is now feeding from the wound. I saw him nipping at Yoda his tail the other day. Today Yoda is clearly deathbed-like. Just laying around and you can literally see the fish-bone of his tail.

Getting very worried now. While waiting for the Melafix, which will probably not arrive in time, I turned to eSHa 2000, hoping this will help.

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Re: Fahaka - strange "infection" in tail

Post by KorrepZ » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:56 am

My god. I just threw a buckload of eSHa in the tank 1 hour ago and now my girlfriend tells me she forgot the mention the Melafix arrived this afternoon when i was at work.

Can i use Melafix along with the eSHA?
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