Fahaka Abrasion or Possible infection?

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Fahaka Abrasion or Possible infection?

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Hello I am new to the forum and am in need of a little advice. I have been growing out a Fahaka puffer (about 7in) in my 180gallon and noticed an abrasion or maybe infection on the bottom corner of his tail that has been there for about 2 weeks getting slightly worse. He is still eating and acting the same but I wanted to get some added information as I monitor it. I was wondering if this could happen when he burrows down in the sand. The am using a soft sand from CaribSea “Torpedo Beach”. Anyway, ill give all my parameters and photos and see what you guys think.

1)pH 7.6, ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 10ppm
2)180gallon tank 2x2x6 with 1 Fahaka puffer and about 30 Rummynose and 30 Cardinals. I am running 2x FX5s and a smaller 407 running through a UV sterilizer all with spray bars.
3)Feed: snails, crayfish, shrimp, earthworms. Water changes about 40-50% once a week treated with Prime.
4)No real changes that I can think of other than maybe light placement to the front of the tank.
5)Tank has been set up for about 9 months and cycled.

Thank you for your time.
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Re: Fahaka Abrasion or Possible infection?

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Hi, It doesn't look too bad but I can see your concern if it's gotten worse. I would start with something mild, like Melafix. You could even apply it directly to his tail.
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Re: Fahaka Abrasion or Possible infection?

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Thank you for the reply.

How would I apply it right to the tail? I haven't handled a puffer out of water before is there certain things I should be aware of to limit stress or am I over thinking things.

Thanks again.
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Re: Fahaka Abrasion or Possible infection?

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Hold the puffer still through the net & only lift the tail out of the water. You could also paint the tail's edge with mecurichrome.
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Re: Fahaka Abrasion or Possible infection?

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Ok I managed to apply some right to the tail. Ill do multiple treatments.
I have trimmed discus fins in the past. Is this something that can be done with a puffer. I don't want to if they have nerves running threw their fins. Just wondering.
Thanks again for the reply.
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