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Old 10-21-2010, 08:44 AM   #1 
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At a loss.

I don't know what to do for my baby PK Chaco. but it seems that whatever this is is the cause for him refusing to eat,and it appeared yesterday. The poor guy can't open his mouth, and the lump or tumour or whatever it is seems to be bleeding a little. He's glass surfing too, and gulping air. It looks like a very bad jaw break or his face had just been smashed in. I've kept him in a heated tank overnight with some salt but I'm just so worried about him. He's lethargic and unresponsive if I swirl the water slightly ... he just floats .... OMG. Okay ... I just turned around to check on him and found him on the desk out of the water. I placed him back in his bowl (I was just using it for photos) and it seems like the tumour/pustule thing has broken. He's swimming madly around, just gasping for air then laying on the bottom ....

He's been with me for a week, so I don't know his prior conditions. Any help would be very much appreciated. It just doesn't look good for him.





I think I'm just going to euthanize him. He's very, VERY weak ... I honestly don't think he'll last another hour.

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Old 10-21-2010, 10:13 PM   #2 
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Wow, he looks terrible! D: I have no idea what that is at all.. someone else might have a better idea.

You may want to consider putting him down.. though maybe wait to see if anyone else has an idea what's going on. If he's not going to be able to eat and is having trouble breathing, though, you may have to make that decision. If whatever that thing is broke, he could be in pain, as well.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:20 AM   #3 
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:48 AM   #4 
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...do you use those tiny flakes of colorful gravel, i was just reading an article about fish eating them and them getting lodged in their throat... :/

thats probably not whats happening, (and i hope not) but just from reading what you said, it kinda sorta sounds like it.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:10 AM   #5 
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I still have no idea what it could have been. I was researching trying to find some disease or infection to explain it, but it could have been just a freak incident. He died within twenty minutes of the thing breaking ... it was truly horrifying.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:57 AM   #6 
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I'm far from an expert, but it may have been Columnaris (also called Cotton Mouth). You may want to look it up. Even though your fish has passed, it might be nice to know what happened.

I'm sorry about your fish, it sounds (and looks from the pic) to have been quite traumatic.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:23 AM   #7 
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I'm sorry Fleet. :c

Was he like that when you brought him home?
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