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Old 01-24-2011, 12:53 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Albatross' face!

When I went to feed Albatross today, he tried to lunge for the pellet but then jerked off and went hiding, which isn't normal for him. When he came back out, I took a look at him. There's something wrong with his face. It looks like a rather large gash going from his mouth down, and one sore-like thing close to his eye. Actually, the whole right side of his face is looking quite puffy and disfigured.

The decor was the same that he's always had, and I've had it in with other fish before with no problems, and his plants are silk.

Can anyone help me? It does seem very painful, which I think is why he doesn't want to eat. He's mostly been hiding and laying down today.

Here's a picture of it. Sorry that it's blurry, I'll try to take a better one of it later when I come back home:





Compare to what his face normally looks like:

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Old 01-24-2011, 12:58 PM   #2 
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Oh no :(

What I would do is quarantine him and put him in some heated water with a medicinal dose of aquarium salt and BWE, daily water changes ... and hope for the best. I really don't know what else to offer. Poor guy.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:59 PM   #3 
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Oh my he looks like somone after they had a stroke o.o I hope its nothing serious.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:27 PM   #4 
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Thanks for the advice fleetfish. I'm going to do just that. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he makes it.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:58 AM   #5 
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What is "BWE"?
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:02 PM   #6 
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Black water extract.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:09 PM   #7 
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Okay thanks :)
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:25 PM   #8 
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oh no! he has the phantom of the opera face! Def put him in QT with warm water and salt for infection. Make sure the wound does not turn into a nasty fungus D:
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:29 PM   #9 
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To update, Albatross is not doing well at all. It's really hard seeing him like this, though is is trying his best.

It looks like he barely has a mouth now. His whole face is quite pale, and he's having a hard time swimming. The first few days he was accepting soaked FD brine shrimp because it was soft, but now he won't eat at all.

Is there anything more that can be done for him?
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:18 PM   #10 
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oh, my. i dont really know. I heard bettas are known to get tumors, does it look like that?
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