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Small Fry with Ketchup
We've had some trouble with our Amazon tank this past week, the latest was me realizing that it wasn't a poo hanging out of one of our older BNs, but was in fact thread tangled around him.
I felt sick as soon as I realized that it was digging in, and had to be removed ASAP, and even worse that it was my fault the thread was there to begin with.
Luckily Adam is good at handling catfish, and once he caught him in the jungle of java fern that is our tank, operation BN rescue went off fairly easily.
Pardon the grain in the pics, we had the lights kept a little low to keep the BN from stressing too much, I was shooting at ISO 20,000 making the pics a tad grainy.
Adam uses curved scissors to carefully cut the thread that was tangled above one fin and below the other cutting into the BN.
Removing the thread carefully, it had dug in pretty far.
A little blurry, but showing how deep the thread had gotten. If you look towards the right of the circle you can see where it was digging in on the other side too.
Fairly calm once he realized he wasn't facing any major threats.
It's been two days since the thread was removed. BN seems to be doing well.
I'd always used cotton thread to tie my java fern down, unfortunately the driftwood we've got in the tanks isn't very soft and so the java fern can't seem to get a hold on it and with two older and a bunch of juvi BN's running around the tank the java fern drifts off and the thread it seems remains behind to cause trouble.
|Posted 11-Jan-2013 04:56|
Good catch, and Great work!
Have you added any antibiotic or other medication to the water as a prophylactic?
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|Posted 11-Jan-2013 05:35|
I've always been so hesitant with bristlenoses to add anything to the water. Mine have been rather delicate in the past. Hopefully your Australian ones are much hardier
I am so glad you caught that! Hopefully on the mend soon.
Empty chairs at empty tables, the room silent, forlorn.
|Posted 11-Jan-2013 13:35|
Small Fry with Ketchup
Frank, I had added melafix to the tank a week ago when everything started going wrong, however since then we've done a few 50% changes so I doubt there's much left. Seems to be doing good, was acting fairly normal anyway. Wounds seemed to have healed fairly well from what I've seen the past few days.
Koi, the BN have been the hardiest things in that tank! They managed to breed while everything else was, well, not doing the best
Sad thing was, we had only just gotten the dwindled schools filled out again. Not taking the time to qtine the new fish probably was partially responsible for the dramas of the past week .
|Posted 12-Jan-2013 06:25|
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