Resuced - Need some advice

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Resuced - Need some advice

Post by Tripp » Mon May 27, 2013 12:13 pm

So a few days ago we setup an extra tank we had here at the house. We stopped by LFS to see if there was anything we couldn't do without. lol bad Idea I know.
So we were getting ready to leave because nothing jumped out at us until we looked a lower tank. We first thought the fahaka was dead. He was floating at the top but then we noticed him flapping his fins.
The poor guy was in a tank with two cichlids that were beating up on him. Well we broke down and took a chance to see if we could nurse him back. We figured he had a better chance with us than in the tank he was in...
Cant tell if he has IP or ICK or what.. Secondly we have tried frozen krill, ghost shrimp, pellets and live earth worm.. No dice on food as of right now. We are going to try and grab some snails today because he is hunting thru the sand (blowing). Any suggestions on helping this little guy out? Total length 5"

Medications?
Home Remedies?

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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by Pufferpunk » Mon May 27, 2013 12:49 pm

Awww... whatta face! I can see why you rescued him. :smitten:
I don't see any ich on him. Just keep trying live foods--maybe get him a small female fiddler crab?
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by Pufferpunk » Mon May 27, 2013 12:49 pm

Awww... whatta face! I can see why you rescued him. :smitten:
I don't see any ich on him. Just keep trying live foods--maybe get him a small female fiddler crab?
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by purplecandle » Mon May 27, 2013 4:15 pm

Aww...dang he is PITIFUL!

Definitely some melafix for the tail fin.

If he does not eat soon, catheter feed. Most of the time when they look that bad and don't eat they just die.

So, make a catheter...soak some blood worms in ip meds, and feed. Add vitamins if you can find them.
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by sw10mm » Mon May 27, 2013 9:05 pm

Good luck! And good rescue! Sure he'll pull thru mine first got started on ghost shrimp but any food he eats will do also watch tank water as I'm sure you know but these guys muck up water quick and it sounds like your tank is on the new side

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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by JRC3 » Mon May 27, 2013 9:36 pm

^
My thought, exactly. Good luck with him.
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by Tripp » Mon May 27, 2013 10:18 pm

Meds!!
Will either of these work for him? If so how on dosage? I dont want to mess up his coat!
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by G S P Freak » Mon May 27, 2013 11:09 pm

Those are both fine, the melafix should help with the fin damage, but I believe the pimafix is unnecessary unless he has finrot/some other bacterial infection. Just dose as directed and you should be good to go, good luck saving the little guy!
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by puffykid » Mon May 27, 2013 11:13 pm

Instead of using Melafix I would just do extra wc's and keep the water extra clean the fin damage will heal itself quickly. Also you need to treat for internal parasites with Jungle parasite tabs what most people here use or something similar once he starts eating, Its important to take care of that sooner rather than later.
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by bertie 83 » Tue May 28, 2013 6:53 am

I agree with all posts above, he may be skinny from being beaten up and not wanting to eat or it may be parasites so its worth treating just to be safe. Clean water and melafix will have that tail sorted in no time at all
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by Tripp » Tue May 28, 2013 9:13 am

Well I found about 40 snails (ramshorn). Cant tell if he has eaten very many or they are just all hiding but he is very active last night. I expect over the next two days he will be everywhere in the tank. He actually fanned his tail out late last night and chased a few ghost shrimp around.

Tonight going to try some clam meat for him and see if we can get some small chunks down him. Water quality is top notch got that covered no issues. I have a water treatment system on the side of the house that rips everything out of the water. It comes out of the tap at 7.0 with 0's across the board. No nitrates nitrites nothing.

What about him having an IP whats the best way to handle that the jungle tabs?

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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by purplecandle » Tue May 28, 2013 9:39 am

I just take 1/4 cup of tank water, put food in (blood worms usually), then put in 1/4 of a tab in, let soak 20 minutes. You can also add garlic juice if needed.
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by purplecandle » Tue May 28, 2013 9:46 am

Oh, with the melafix just follow the instructions on the bottle. It will not harm his stress coat at that doseage.

I agree that clean water is most important, but I can see a white edge on his fin...So I would add melafix to speed recovery.

I love melefix, I've seen it work in days.
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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by Tripp » Tue May 28, 2013 10:13 am

You guys rock thanks for all the great info

Also I caught a picture of him with his teeth full out. "Yikes" "We are going to need to get a grinder out soon"

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Re: Resuced - Need some advice

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue May 28, 2013 10:34 am

I think his teeth look fine. Be sure to soak all his foods in a good vitamin. Zoe or Vita-Chem are good brands.
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