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Treating A Salt Intolerant Fish


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Ok, I wanted to post here, because I know there are a few of you guys out there with salt intolerant fish (like me) and need suggestions on how to treat them.

So my dilemma is Tanuki, extremely salt intolerant, has had a wound for about a week and a half now that I thought was just a simple bacterial attack. So I treated him with neosporin for a week and left it. The wound has turned more white which I took to be a good sign that it was healing.

So I look at him today and he has ANOTHER one of the same thing on the opposite side.

I am really at a loss as to what this could be. He is acting 100% normal and isn't flashing or anything! I have attached a picture.

I really am at a loss. I swabbed with HP and applied Neosporin. Not sure what else I can do. I'm thinking maybe Melafix? Just grabbing at straws here!

My box:

[*]Test Results for the Following:

[*]Ammonia Level? 0.25ppm (because I forgot the prime when I did my water change and wiped out a good portion of my cycle. :( ) It's been taken care of.

[*]Nitrite Level? 0ppm

[*]Nitrate level? 0ppm

[*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 8.4

[*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4

[*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API

[*]Water temperature? around 76*F

[*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 65g, media has been running for over two years now, but the snafu with the Prime gave me a minor set-back

[*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Two cannisters: 350gph and 300gph

[*]How often do you change the water and how much? every week, at least 50% (just did a 100% change on Sunday)

[*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 5. all under 5 inches.

[*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime

[*]What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice a day, assorted frozen and Hikari pellets

[*]Any new fish added to the tank? No.

[*]Any medications added to the tank? No.

[*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? See above, and picture.

[*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no.

I also had a very mysterious death this weekend. One of my smaller fish was doing 100% fine Saturday night and I woke up Sunday to find him dead. No marks, just dead. (This was before the 100% WC that I forgot to Prime.)

Is this possibly related?


New sore


Old sore: (note the white area in the middle. I'm 99% sure this is healing tissue.)


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The white is good as it means new skin is growing and the wounds healing. Pottassium permaganate might work like the captain stated above.

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Do you guys think I should do a dip or a bath of PP?

The wounds have both gotten quite a bit bigger. :( But Tanuki is still acting 100% fine. :)

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I think what LionChu does is make a sort of 'paste' out of it. Maybe you should ask him. I think he adds a tiny bit of water to the crystals until they become like a paste. Then he applies it to the wound. Not sure if he then washes it off or leaves it? You are better off asking him :)

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Oh in that case I guess you would do a dip? Not sure if it is as 'safe'. The good thing with the paste probably is that is doesn't get everywhere. :)

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