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Health and Illness
Topic: Hurt Oranda (Read 2547 times)
December 09, 2009, 05:02:52 PM »
I have a young oranda, who I call Oliver, that has recently been injured by my other goldfish. I know the cause and the reason of the injury but I am a little unsure of how to go about treating it. Here's the situation: Oliver's back right pectorial fin was bitten off nearly down to the fleshy part. This happened about a week ago. I have had this happen on other fish before and I did what I've always done... I just kept an eye on it as long as it wasn't bleeding or anything and just made sure it didn't look infected until it healed. Well, I noticed today that the fin is really red, it is a white colored fin so the red really shows up. The fin looked perfectly fine yesterday (as good as an injured fin can look) and it even looked like some regrowth was occuring. It wasn't red at all yesterday. Is it possible that some time between last night and today that the fin has been nipped again by the other goldfish and that this is what caused it to turn red? I know there is also the possibility of infection. I know I can use melafix but it is very bad for humans to handle that product. Are there any other natural, human safe remendies I can use to help poor Oliver out? Thanks.
Re: Hurt Oranda
Reply #1 on:
December 12, 2009, 02:43:04 AM »
A broad spectrum chemical antibiotics will work just as well if you are concerned about using Melafix.
Re: Hurt Oranda
Reply #2 on:
December 12, 2009, 03:32:44 PM »
What about using some aquarium salt? Would that help any?
Re: Hurt Oranda
Reply #3 on:
December 13, 2009, 11:13:10 PM »
i have never heard of a back right pectoral fin, so i assume you are actually talking about the middle pair of fins called the pelvic fins close to the caudal (tail).
You need to isolate your hurt fish to make absolutely sure your other fish arent going to decide its time for another midnight snack. secondly, what else do you have living in there? goldfish are very determined things-once they want to eat something, they get very stubborn and persistent until it is theirs-unfortunately for your Oliver, the others wanted his fin.
it also strikes me as odd that your other fish would want to attack Oliver, and it sounds to me like you may very well have a problem with overcrowding.goldfish are very non-territorial creatures which makes them good community fish. however, they are eternally on the hunt for food, meaning that an overstocked tank of them will have them finding unsafe ways to satisfy their hunger.
i have worked with melafix for scores of years and have never had a problem with my health other than the expected cold from another person. the medicine works fast, isn't messy, and provides clean, effective results. you are going to want to add aquarium salt-that will help heal the wound and incite chemical processes in your fish that will seal and regrow that which has been destroyed.
keep a hawk's eye on little Oliver and make careful observations about his daily progress-he doesnt sound that old, so any major veins and arteries that might have been in that fin are probably not formed to extensiveness, meaning that no major blood ways were damaged significantly.
summarized-isolate Oliver in a separate tank
get a bigger tank than you have now, think 5-6 gallons for each fish living in there
treat Oliver with aquarium salt and some other antibacterial/healing agent if you still have issues with Melafix
wait untill the fin is ENTIRELY regrown before releasing Oliver back into his old tank.
find out what fish ate Oliver's fin.
Reply #4 on:
January 09, 2010, 06:56:37 AM »
hi would sombody please be able to help me with my sick oranda, i have had this fish for approx two years in a 40 gallon cold water tank with three weather loach, everything was fine up until last year when it had what appeared to be hexemita, i treated for this and things improved for a while, however now he or she mostly sits on the bottom of the tank motionless, doesnt eat much, has developed odd white lines in its tail which used to be a calico colour all over, and what appears to be a deformity or warping of its dorsal fin (the cartilage) also its fins look peppered with what i thought to be velvet or fungus, i have been treating with esha exit in conjunction with esha 2000 for months on and off, it still has white bumps on its head and what looks like small white parasite type things all over its scales which seem to emerge during treatment, please help, is it possible to email me/ i can provide pictures many thanks kas.
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