Burn? Scrape?

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1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

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Burn? Scrape?

Post by LadyHawk »

Hello all! I checked on my little dude this morning (Congo Puffer) and noticed a burn or scrape on his lip (pictures to follow). I put some Stress Coat with Aloe Vera to help it heal, but is there anything else I can do? He's not burrowing (probably because his lip hurts) and I have no clue how he got the injury! There's nothing sharp in the tank and he was just fine yesterday. Any ideas? Tank information as follows:

1) Water Parameters: (as of this morning)
Kh: 2
Gh: 6
Ph: 7.3
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm (tank is full of live plants)

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants: 40 gallons with Congo Puffer and a few small molly fish he eats.

3)Feeding, water change schedule and a list of all products you are using or have added to the tank: Feed shrimp two or three times a week, 50% water changes once a week, Stress Coat and SeaChem Prime

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. : None? I keep everything as constant as possible.

5) How long the aquarium has been set up, and how did you cycle it? Aquarium has been set up for 6 months now and it was seeded and cycled before we got the Congo Puffer.


I'd appreciate any help! We adore our little dude and want him to be healthy and happy! Thanks!!!
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Re: Burn? Scrape?

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Sorry to be a pest, but has anyone experienced this with their puffer? Any recommendations on how to treat it? I can tell he's not feeling well and I don't know what else to do. Thanks!
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Re: Burn? Scrape?

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I don't know how to help but I'm sorry to hear that... get better soon jack :(
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hadla wrote: Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:54 am I don't know how to help but I'm sorry to hear that... get better soon jack :(
Awwww thanks, hadla! I appreciate it!! He's doing ok - eating, swimming, and derping around. His lip is just bothering him :(. Silly potato!
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Re: Burn? Scrape?

Post by Pufferpunk »

That's odd... it doesn't look too bad--you could add Melafix to help heal.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Burn? Scrape?

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Pufferpunk wrote: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:48 pm That's odd... it doesn't look too bad--you could add Melafix to help heal.
Thanks Pufferpunk! I figured it wasn't anything too serious but I can tell it's bugging him. I read through the library and couldn't find anything similar. He's also blinking frequently, so my guess was it's something in the water. I did a water change and he seemed a bit better (calmer at least). He's doing ok 😊 Fingers crossed everything heals quickly!!! Thanks for the advice! I'm going to add the melafix now!
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Re: Burn? Scrape?

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I think he'll be fine.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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