Tetra With Unhealed Injury - Melafix, Easylife Voogle, And ESHa 2000

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Iíve mentioned a few months ago about one of my two female x-ray tetra having a mark, like an injury, on her left side posteriorly and which may have been missing scales. Iíve noticed that this has been present again for about the past month. It alternates between what looks like a dark rim with a white tuft sticking out of it (when viewed from behind) or a dark rim containing a pus-filled spot (when viewed straight on), and between a scar/scab where this starts to heal.

The fishís behaviour has not altered at all Ė she and the other female tetra have dominance in the tank in terms of their own territories and consume the vast majority of the food through very well-honed skills at retrieving food and foraging for leftovers, and her colours are as bright as the othersí. Iím therefore very reluctant to remove her to medicate. None of the other fish are affected, so I assume that this is just an injury which doesnít get the opportunity to heal, either because she re-injures it on some decor or by the other fish (the other female and her often swim so close together that they bump into one another en route, while both the other female and the males try to mate with her).

Iím very diligent with water changes, testing water quality (always good), and keeping an eye on the tank for any changes. I do have some Melafix, though, and wondered whether there would be any merit in putting some of this low-grade treatment in the tank to try to encourage healing, or whether to leave the situation ďas isĒ given that there doesnít seem to be an adverse impact either for the fish herself or the others (touchwood!).

Thoughts welcome; thanks.


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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2016, 08:34:01 PM »
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The fact that she is behaving normally is a good sign it's nothing serious. Since you don't have any anabatids (gouramis, bettas) you could try the melafix and see what happens.


Is it possible to take any photos of the fish? There is just one thing I'd like to eliminate and I'd need to see the fish to tell.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2016, 09:20:13 PM »
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Thanks, Sue.

I tried to take some photos earlier today but they're not at all good - see attached. This evening, the fish are determined to relocate to the rear of the tank, and this particular fish is keeping her right side to the camera and refusing to move - typical! I'll see if I can get some better pics in the morning.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2016, 10:01:50 AM »
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It is hard to tell from the photos, I'm afraid.

Before I state categorically that there is nothing to worry about, I need to rule out your fish having the same as one of my previous bettas.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2016, 12:46:20 PM »
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Thanks, Sue.

I think the attached is about as good as my photography skills / the phone's camera are going to achieve. Does that help at all?


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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2016, 01:05:07 PM »
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Yes it does. It doesn't mean I know what it is but it does mean that I don't think it's the same as my betta had. Which is good news for your tetra.

This is what I was afraid of, but I didn't want to frighten you by mentioning this earlier. Your tetra doesn't look like this, thank goodness. Lymphocystis is viral, and infectious, and there is no cure.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2016, 07:10:04 PM »
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Thanks, Sue - very helpful (and reassuring), even although we're not entirely sure what it is.

I had wondered what you might be referring to but refrained from looking through old posts to find out, for that very reason. No - it doesn't look like that, thankfully.

I think I'll wait until after tomorrow's water change before putting in the Melafix if indeed I decide to do so - I'm conscious that I have catappa leaves and a banana leaf in the tank, and I'd rather err on the side of caution by removing them just in case there's a slim chance of any interaction (in the same way as herbal-type remedies can interact with medication in humans).


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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2016, 07:16:49 PM »
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That sounds the best course of action.


I knew from the member list that you had joined Thinkfish after I had to put this betta down so I knew there was no chance you'd remember it. And it would have taken you ages to find that thread amongst all the rubbish I post  ;D

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2016, 10:08:33 PM »
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And it would have taken you ages to find that thread amongst all the rubbish I post  ;D
The only rubbish I've ever read from you, Sue, is the comment I'm quoting here - your posts are invaluable.  :)

Thanks again.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2016, 11:09:30 AM »
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As an update, the tank has now been treated with 7 days' Melafix. There was a 3-day option although 7 days is recommended for wounds. However, the male tetras were locked in battle last weekend and one got injured, so I decided the 7-day treatment might be best for both his and the female tetra's sake.

The male tetra has healed. The female tetra's wound looked worse mid-week - almost like a blood blister and possibly spreading or with a potential infection sealed in; however, in the past couple of days, it has now returned to the same state as it was originally. I think I'll probably just leave the situation "as is" but consider isolation and treating with eSHa 2000 only if the situation deteriorates or she loses her appetite or usual activity levels, both of which are as vigorous as usual.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2016, 10:48:19 PM »
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Over the past fortnight, the female tetra's wound has worsened. I have a pic from last week (it had turned red although there was something protruding out from it for a day or two like a white tuft ie going externally) and one from tonight (it looks like a deep sore and, when viewed from behind, seems to have extended deeper internally rather than just superficial - like a hole), so definite gradual deterioration. I've had catappa leaves and a banana leaf in the tank for the past fortnight but it looks as though these more natural forms are not sufficient, and, if Melafix didn't make much difference last time round, I don't think it's going to make any difference now.

The fish is still behaving absolutely normally - voracious appetite, usual vigorous activity levels, fins brightly coloured and not clamped (although the blur in the pic doesn't show off the red tail), very sociable. However, I have an inkling this might just take its toll if I don't start treating with something such as eSHa 2000 within the next day or two at most - should probably have taken action before now but was thinking more for her mental welfare (stress if removed from tank) than physical welfare.

My options, as I see them, therefore are:
* treat whole tank with eSHa 2000 or Aquarium Munster MediMor - advantage is no stress by removal into a QT but disadvantage is that may have an adverse reaction on rest of fish
* treat fish on her own in QT - disadvantage is I suspect this very sociable fish won't take kindly to this and the stress may send her over the edge [some of the pygmy cories seemed to fall into a sudden depression and/or demise on removal to the QT last year and I didn't have much success with any of them in there]
* move fish in with a friend (probably the other female tetra) into QT - seems the most sensible option, gives other fish a chance to get their fair share of food (for a change), but the male tetras may wonder what on earth to do with themselves given that the entire morning is spent chasing one female for a few hours followed by the other female for a few hours

Thoughts welcome on each of the above / how to proceed; thanks. :)

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2016, 09:20:39 AM »
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Sorry to hear that she is still poorly.
I would be tempted to go with the third option, but have absolutely no factual reason why. I just think that if she is very sociable that it may be nice for her to have another fish in the tank with her.
I would like to think that leaving her in the normal tank and treating the entire tank woud be the least stressful for her. The only downside to that may be that the other fish may build up some sort of tolerance to any treatment given when they are not ill, then woukd not respond if they were treated when they were ill.
Hopefully the other will offer someopinions and advice before you need to take action, to help you with your decision.
Good luck and please keep us posted.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2016, 09:35:38 AM »
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I too would try option 3.

All medications are pretty strong stuff from the fish's point of view and anything put in the water ends up inside the fish. It is always the better option to subject as few fish as possible to a medication.

The exceptions are for things like whitespot and internal worms where the parasite is in the water or inside virtually every fish.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2016, 09:42:28 PM »
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Sorry for not providing an update before now, @Littlefish and @Sue.

Mr FCMF was convinced she was looking a little better at the weekend, and far too healthy and happy to be at the stage of needing treatment, so I delayed taking any action. The wound still seems to be gaping open - dark round the edge but white underneath now, rather than red / expanding red - and is neither getting any worse nor any better.

I think I might try one more attempt at treating her in the tank, either with the Melafix or another option I saw advertised was Waterlife Nova+ (http://www.waterlife.co.uk/reptiles/cold-water-aquarium/disease-treatments/nova-detail#.WDYM4rKLSM8) which seems to be tea tree oil. Any views on the latter?

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2016, 10:03:41 PM »
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I've added fcmf's video here:


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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2016, 07:27:44 AM »
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Many thanks, R - much appreciated.

This is a short video of the fish's injury taken on 22nd, following my description of it above.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2016, 07:47:43 PM »
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As an update, I dosed the main tank for 3 days with Melafix again. The fish is still as healthy and vivacious as ever, hence my reluctance to set up a QT. The wound looks like it might be "closing" although there's a tiny bit near the top of it that looks very deep, rather like if a scab on/near a knuckle comes off prematurely and seems to come out from the root, leaving a deep but narrow hole.

I haven't put the piece of carbon back in the tank yet to absorb the medication - I'll probably wait until Fri's water change to do that, thereby giving the Melafix a chance to continue working.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2016, 07:44:37 PM »
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As an update, the fish's injury is healing slowly, I think - certainly more like the earlier pics, and her behaviour and appetite are just the same as ever, so, unless something dramatically changes, I plan to leave the situation "as is".

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2016, 08:18:32 PM »
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Fantastic to hear that the injury is starting to heal.  :cheers:

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2016, 07:16:59 PM »
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Interesting - the wound has opened up again, with a very visible white part that looks like the start of another tiny piece of fluff. This rings a bell - that, towards the end of the week, the pygmy cories had a tendency for their "problematic body parts" (pus-like blobs and torn tails) to deteriorate. Even although my nitrates never seem to go beyond 25ppm, I do wonder if there's a connection here, and whether I ought to resume my former twice-weekly water changes... early New Year's Resolution, I think.


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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2017, 10:54:07 PM »
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The wound, which has never actually healed, has been looking worse again over the past couple of days and now looks really deep again and what looks like red flesh is poking out of it. The fish is, however, in as great a form as always. It may be time to move her and her female buddy into the QT for a course of eSHa 2000, unless anyone has a better suggestion?

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2017, 08:06:59 AM »
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Sorry to hear that the wound has opened up again, but glad to hear that she is still in good form.
I'd be tempted to go with the treatment as you've outlined.
Best of luck and keep us posted.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2017, 04:15:57 PM »
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Hi,I can only speak from experience with esha 2000.I found it very effective with your type of problem in the past.Hope it does the trick for you. :isay:

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2017, 11:35:48 PM »
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Thanks, Moby.

What a palaver for us to get the QT down from storage and set up - had to take out all the shelves from a chest of drawers to move it to access the only feasible/available plug socket, then swap around cable extensions so that one was actually long enough for the purpose. After all that, I ended up asking myself some very deep questions about whether I was doing this in the fish's best interests, given how healthy she is (appetite, colours, activity, sociability) or whether it was more for cosmetic reasons (it looks unsightly). Between that, and thinking of the inevitable stress I would put her through by moving her, and given my 0% success rate with that QT/eSHa 2000 in the case of the cories and the regrets associated with that, I've left the QT in situ but put my plans on hold while I continue my ongoing monitoring of the situation...

The tank would look nice with a fish in it, though, but perhaps not one undergoing treatment...  ;)

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2017, 06:14:55 PM »
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To provide an update on this, the wound in the tetra's side became deeper and deeper, and redder and redder, to the extent that it was 50% through the body and on track for going right through the other side - we could see what looked like various organs to one side. However, the tetra remains completely active, sociable, with voracious appetite and bright finnage; from one side, it was as though nothing was wrong. Perhaps it was the poor experience of the pygmy cories in quarantine, but my head was telling me to remove her to medicate and my heart was telling me to leave her where she was. However, I was also conscious that whatever was happening (something flesh-eating?) was going to take its toll unless I took some action.

I read a good report about Easylife's Voogle having success with a case of "hole in the head" and immediately sent off for some. I'm now on Day 3 of the 5-day course of treatment and today is the first day where there is a sign of something happening - less raw/red (as though the hole is filling in) and some fine 'hairs' protruding from the wound, almost like those white dandelion seed/heads that float around. I'm hoping that this is a positive sign of healing and not some form of fungus.

Any thoughts/views welcome but, otherwise, I plan to finish the treatment course before taking stock on what to do next.

Updated to add: eek - thought the strands looked very similar to what was on the uneaten fish food, did a quick google, and now wondering if this is in fact saprolegnia rather than healing tissue...

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2017, 09:40:46 AM »
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How are things with your tetra today?


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« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2017, 09:50:33 AM »
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I've been attempting to peer in but it's so dark that it's difficult to tell, @Littlefish . She's behaving and looking as fine as usual, and the wound looks more sealed over and less raw but, until it brightens up a bit and/or I put the lights on, I can't examine the wound properly. I did a water change last night so I'll have diluted the Voogle, unfortunately, but I didn't want to leave a water change for more than 7 days - note to self that I ought to have done a water change before starting the treatment course instead. However, I've put the next dose in.

Update: the wound looks as though it's open and raw again, and the fine white hairs emanating from it have vanished. Hmmm...

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2017, 01:05:19 PM »
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Glad to hear that she is behaving normally, and I hope that the treatment helps.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for both of you.

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« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2017, 03:59:26 PM »
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Thanks, @Littlefish .

I've actually just created my first YouTube video and which shows the "injury" although doesn't quite capture how deep it is: #Invalid YouTube Link include https#

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« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2017, 11:44:28 PM »
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Great video, thanks for sharing.
It doesn't seem to be bothering her, she's pottering around with everyone else.  :)



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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2017, 07:32:10 PM »
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You're completely correct, @Littlefish.

The treatment course was completed yesterday. The good news is that the entire hole is now covered in fine, white hairs which are protruding out from it - although a little disconcerting, this is the best indication yet that this might actually seal over and heal. (I suspect the water change on Fri diluted the Voogle but Sat's and Sun's doses have helped healing to resume.) I daren't get my hopes up yet, but fingers crossed. Voogle can be dosed weekly after a treatment course, so, provided that it looks as though there's continued improvement, I think I'll do this following the weekly water change until it looks as though healing is well underway / almost complete.

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« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2017, 07:49:44 PM »
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That's fantastic news @fcmf and I will be keeping my fingers crossed too.  :)

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« Reply #32 on: March 07, 2017, 06:33:40 PM »
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Hmmm - I've just gone to put the fishes' dinner in the tank. What had been the entire surface of the wound, covered completely in white hairs sprouting from it, came off in one fell swoop when the fish shot up to the surface to grab some food. I managed to grab in the fishnet what looks like a piece of something hard, like a scab on a human wound, covered by white cotton-wool hairs. How strange that it should detach like this. So, back to Square 1, with a raw and open wound again...

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #33 on: March 07, 2017, 09:47:03 PM »
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In humans if an open wound that doesn't heal quickly will eventually start to heal from the inside out (rather than new material forming around the outside and growing in).  It takes longer and leaves a messy criss cross type scar.  Not sure how relevant that is for fishies though.

The white cotton wool hair sounds like saprolegnia.  This website recommends malachite green as a treatment and 1-3 grams of aquarium salt per litre to help.
http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/health/saprolegnia

I do hope he gets better.

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« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2017, 07:55:04 PM »
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Thanks, MM.

Since the possible saprolegnia "fell off", there's been no sign of any more white hairs. It's possible that the wound is less deep - the inside of the wound looks more like meat in texture than raw / body organs on view which would fit more with the healing-from-the-inside-out route now. I'm keeping a very close eye on the situation so will re-evaluate over the weekend what to do.

Incidentally, I thought aquarium salt was a no-goer with tetras. Can anyone clarify this?

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« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2017, 08:57:39 PM »
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It depends on the concentration and duration. Even cories can stand 2 g/l salt for the duration of curing whitespot. Whether that is too dilute for fish with your fish's condition I don't know though.

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« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2017, 09:39:22 PM »
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As an update on this situation, the tetra has continued to thrive in terms of tail colour, behaviour and appetite. From one side (her RHS), she looks in perfect health. From the other side (her LHS), the hole seems to be similar to how it was in the video back in March - no better, no worse (but worse than the pics from Oct/Nov which were quite mild and from Jan). Pics attached. It is a little disconcerting watching her poo, though, as the hole seems so deep that the 'thread' appears to be coming from nowhere but I can only assume that the intestine and other internal organs must be at the edge of the white-covered area which is visible through the hole.


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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2017, 06:45:07 AM »
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Glad to hear that she is doing well and that the injury is not having any impact.

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« Reply #38 on: August 22, 2017, 06:36:43 PM »
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Hmmm - the wound re-sprouted the white strands on Sunday which definitely seems like saprolegnia (as opposed to another type of fungus). Whether it falls off of its own accord this time is another matter. The fish has been swimming non-stop throughout the daytime under the waterfall for the past week or so - no pausing - I have an inkling that there's more to it (such as to detract from a feeling of itchiness). [Updated to add: also been swimming slightly nose up, rather like a penguin tetra, even on the odd occasion when she moves out of the waterfall area.]

Perhaps I ought to consider sending off for some malachite green or potassium permanganate (suggested remedies) - or just give the Melafix or EasyLife Voogle another try in the interim. What with the root tabs and the liquid fertiliser, it seems as though there are quite a lot of chemicals in the tank already. Will the addition of Melafix or EasyLife Voogle be too much (esp for the nerite snail)? I also have eSHa 2000 but had been reluctant to remove her to medicate due to her (still ongoing) good activity levels, colouring, appetite, etc.

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« Reply #39 on: August 22, 2017, 06:53:07 PM »
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Melafix is more of an antiseptic, like dettol, rather than a medicine. Personally I don't like the way it smells so i don't use it.

The snails we want to keep are notoriously sensitive to medicines, unlike pest snails which would survive anything. If you do medicate the tank (especially with malachite green which contains copper) you will need to remove the snail for as long as the med is in the tank, and for a while after. Even after running several batches of carbon, I have killed nerites by putting them back too soon.
I remove my nerites whatever I add as a precautionary measure

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #40 on: August 22, 2017, 07:31:43 PM »
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Sorry to jump into this thread fcmf but are Assassin snails one of the sensitive species @Sue mentions?

@fcmf I'd say its worth a try if you can remove the snail (or the fish?) (I have you down in my mind as having just the one tank at the moment like me??) Don't know if one of those medications is more likely to affect the plants in the tank?

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« Reply #41 on: August 22, 2017, 07:35:51 PM »
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I'm afraid I don't know about assassins, Matt. I know most meds kill nerites as I have them. And I also have those tiny ramshorns and pond/tadpole/bladder etc snails, and the meds I've used haven't killed them.
But I've never had assassins.

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« Reply #42 on: August 22, 2017, 09:33:03 PM »
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Thanks, both. I've put some Easylife Voogle in the tank for this evening, as it alleges it's not a medicine, it specifically claims that it's not harmful to molluscs (hope that includes nerites!), and its ingredients (according to http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=24101) aren't raising any alarm bells.

It's possible that someone may be able to pick up either https://www.aquarium-munster.com/en/fresh-water/remedies/dessamor.html (specifically states that it treats saprolegnia but struggling to find ingredients) or https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/product/aquacare-anti-fungus-white-spot-100ml (doesn't specify saprolegnia but does contain malachite green and formaldehyde), so I may quarantine her tomorrow and start one of those treatments - any thoughts on which of the two?

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« Reply #43 on: August 23, 2017, 07:15:26 PM »
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As an update, it became clear as the day wore on and comparing daily video footage of the fish from the past few days that the situation was deteriorating daily - the wound's white strands were increasing in number considerably while the non-stop swimming was becoming less competent and compromising her buoyancy (to the extent that her tail was frequently swishing over the sand). On the other hand, she was remaining sociable with her tankmates, tail and finnage were as colourful as her shoalmates, and appetite was still good. #Invalid YouTube Link include https#

However, I began to realise that if I did not try to medicate with something stronger, and especially while she was in reasonably good health otherwise, the situation may be too far advanced to be successful. Therefore, she is now in the bare-bottomed QT with a few silk plants, some media transferred into the tiny QT filter, the spare heater and some eSHa 2000 administered. Fingers crossed, please, that this has a positive outcome...

Updated to add: I've been the only human in the household this evening, so decided to relocate rooms in order to leave her in peace and give her the opportunity to settle - this seems to have helped as she's sitting on the bottom and resting, which is hopefully giving the medication an opportunity to work.

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Re: Tetra with unhealed injury
« Reply #44 on: August 23, 2017, 07:48:14 PM »
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Everything crossed here @fcmf

Always best to be proactive with this sort of thing.

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« Reply #45 on: August 23, 2017, 08:32:13 PM »
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Everything crossed here too.

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« Reply #46 on: August 24, 2017, 06:27:35 PM »
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Thanks, both.

Day 2 of the 3-day treatment has been administered.

She has been resting on the bottom almost permanently, and I've been keeping out of her way as much as possible, to give her a chance to rest. She was disturbed yesterday night by a human approaching the tank too closely  >:( and became distressed for a short time afterwards, and also seemed to be frantically moving her right pectoral fin from time to time.

The white strands/fungus coming out of the wound area is very coarse and thick now - its growth has been exponential in a matter of days; just hope the eSHa 2000 starts working, otherwise this may get out of control / become all-consuming. The base of the aforementioned right pectoral fin is red - either through overuse or some sort of spread of the infection, I'd imagine.

Her tail is paler than when in the main tank but, for now, she is remaining upright and does move to retrieve the tiny morsels of food I've put in for her.

I feel like the situation is hanging in the balance at 50:50 as to which way it will go. Keep everything crossed again; thanks...

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« Reply #47 on: August 24, 2017, 06:48:36 PM »
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Just the fact that she's still eating sounds reasonably positive.  Still keeping fingers crossed for you.  :-\

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« Reply #48 on: August 24, 2017, 07:46:45 PM »
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Hope the medication is working and you see signs of improvement soon.
Fingers still crossed here.

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Cross-referring to https://forums.thinkfish.co.uk/fishtank-filtration-and-cycling/water-conditioner-some-queries/msg35265, I'm currently extending the dose of eSHa 2000 for a further couple of days and have also doubled the dose since yesterday (Day 3) on the basis of the low GH (<4) and given that she's tolerating the medication. Visually, the fungus looks unsightly and thick and coarse and not improving, but she looks a little perkier today and has been moving around more, while thankfully she's retained her good appetite.

Back-up plans are in place in the form of https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/product/aquacare-anti-fungus-white-spot-100ml if the eSHa 2000 doesn't do its job but I'm keen to continue with the eSHa 2000 for these additional couple of days given that it treats the source of the problem (?bacterial ulcer) as well as fungus.

Update 45 mins later: part of the fungus has just fallen off - and it looks as though the wound underneath is actually showing signs of healing ie there's a layer of fresh flesh which seems to be filling in where the hole/wound is. Touchwood!

Update 2 hours later: entire fungus has fallen off. She's swimming about more, no doubt at least in part due to the reduced weight being carried around on one side of her. Now just need to get the wound/?ulcer itself to heal more, plus regrowth of what looks like a missing section of pelvic fin which may have come off with part of the fungus (ie only the half nearest her body seems to be present), hence sticking with eSHa 2000 as the most appropriate treatment for this purpose.


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