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Old 05-20-2011, 09:05 PM   #1 
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to euthanize or not? that is the question

Ok so about a week ago i noticed Scarlet (my most expensive female, cost me $15) had a SMALL wound on her jaw. I immediatly caught and QT'd her i added a little melafix as i dont have AQ Salt.

EDIT: I do not know how the original wound came about the only tink i can think of is a bite from another female, there is nothing sharp in the tank at all.

so with her container floating in another tank to keep her warm and daily water changes were only seeing progressive degeneration of the wound.

I left her to stay unstressed for a week but have to photograph it to show you all because my partner told me to euthanise but the last fish I said to euthanize turned out to heal nicely, but this is worse and the wound seems to be eating away at her face.
Shes still eating 3-4 pellets or live food, she will eats what offered.
Water is RO so as good as can be no need to add water conditioner.
all her water changes ive floated a 2nd container in the tank so her changes are the same temp, all my tanks sit at 77-79 temp

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these pics so close make it look so awful!
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:32 PM   #2 
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I think it looks like an ulcer. I would suggest antibiotic pellets both to her and her tank mates, but if you truly believe it's a wound then since it looks so deep I would carefully dab the area with an antiseptic like mercurochrome.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:46 PM   #3 
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moving her from tank to tank for water changes stresses her too much to catch her and apply medication straight to the wound. when im at the pet store on monday i will have to find something else for it that can be added to the water, in in Australia so i cant get the same kind of things as a lot of people on the site do. yes its a wound.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:28 PM   #4 
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I don't know... that yellow area has me thinking ulcer too... Pick up something that treats ulcers if you can because that would also prevent infection in case it is a bite wound.... I'm not sure how affective aquarium salt is for this sort of thing so maybe OFL will stop by and give you her opinion. As long as she's eating I wouldn't euthanize her.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:34 PM   #5 
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I agree with darkmoon..As long as she is still eating ok I wouldn't euthanize.
I have had good results using erythromycin on a rescued fish who had a nasty open wound...
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=10850834

I would start off by trying aquarium salt and IAL.
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:21 AM   #6 
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yeh im not wanting to put her down that is the partners idea but ill see what i can pick up on monday.
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