(1) 2 »
electrogear electrogear
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Joined: 15/10/2008 1:25
  • From North Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users Basic Membership Advisers Caresheets
  • Posts: 1267
  • Posted on: 11/4/2011 19:55
Hole through fish!!?? #1
I have a tank full of Synodontis Petricola. One of them I noticed today has developed a hole right through it's side (from one side to the other) and there's air bubbles coming out of it, yet it is still eating and swimming as though nothing is wrong! Any ideas? Should I dispatch him now and treat the tank?
Jellybean Jellybean
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 30/3/2008 19:57
  • From West Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users FK Supporter Deep End
  • Posts: 2057
  • Posted on: 11/4/2011 20:01
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #2
Ouch
Have a read through my thread here. Flower only had the one hole in her side, it didnt go all the way through but it did heal up...then it came back (no idea why/how) but its healed up and shes fine now.
electrogear electrogear
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Joined: 15/10/2008 1:25
  • From North Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users Basic Membership Advisers Caresheets
  • Posts: 1267
  • Posted on: 11/4/2011 20:15
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #3
To be honest I think there's only one way this can go. The hole is about 4mm across and the same on both sides. Here's a picture, sorry it's not great but petricola never stay still!

Resized Image
Jellybean Jellybean
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 30/3/2008 19:57
  • From West Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users FK Supporter Deep End
  • Posts: 2057
  • Posted on: 11/4/2011 20:23
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #4
Flippin heck! any idea how it happened?

Do you have a quarantine tank for him/her to see how things go!
Are they sensitive to meds?

Maybe try some gentle Melafix and Primafix. If It?s eating and swimming naturally I think I would be tempted to see how things go, although any obvious signs of discomfort and you may have to take things into your own hands.
electrogear electrogear
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Joined: 15/10/2008 1:25
  • From North Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users Basic Membership Advisers Caresheets
  • Posts: 1267
  • Posted on: 11/4/2011 20:29
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #5
I have set up the quarantine tank and have some melafix, I'll keep you updated. I have some other treatments in the garage (I think I have some metronidozole) so will dig them out and see what I can find. I am wondering if it's hole in the head disease, as holes can form along the lateral line too. I'm sure this is a disease or infection of some sort and not an injury, I can't see how it could have got an injury that punctures all the way through, unless I have done it inadvertently when moving rocks around, but it's unlikely I would think.
Jellybean Jellybean
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 30/3/2008 19:57
  • From West Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users FK Supporter Deep End
  • Posts: 2057
  • Posted on: 11/4/2011 20:34
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #6
The only thing i did for Flower was to keep her tank Uba clean and added small doses of Melafix to make sure infection didnt set in. I have no idea how Flower ended up with a hole in her side but it didnt look as raw as the hole in your fish. FX for you both

EDIT: make sure your meds are in use by date.
alysonpeaches alysonpeaches
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 29/7/2008 13:51
  • From South Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users Basic Membership
  • Posts: 646
  • Posted on: 12/4/2011 9:33
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #7
You wouldnt have thought it possible would you? Sorry I havent got anything any more constructive to say, except I hope s/he gets better.

I dont know anything about fish parasites really, but is it possible a parasite has burrowed through?
><((((?>`?.??.???`?.?.???`?...?><((((?>><((((?>`?.??.???`?.?.???`?...?><((((?>
cathie cathie
  • Coldwater Moderator
  • Coldwater Moderator
  • Joined: 11/2/2006 22:29
  • From London
  • Group: Moderators Registered Users Advisers FK Supporter Caresheets Image Admin
  • Posts: 11446
  • Posted on: 12/4/2011 10:18
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #8
I don't think that's a job for melafix I think that's in need of serious vet prescribed antibiotics - and I hope it's not a mycobacterium (Fish TB) ulcer that's gone right through - some googling for picture comparison would help, has it got any other symptoms?
[url=http://www.bigfishcam
Jellybean Jellybean
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 30/3/2008 19:57
  • From West Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users FK Supporter Deep End
  • Posts: 2057
  • Posted on: 12/4/2011 11:48
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #9
I don?t think melafix would go anywhere near curing it but it may make the poor little mite feel a bit better and possibly stave off infection.
electrogear electrogear
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Malawi Adviser
  • Joined: 15/10/2008 1:25
  • From North Yorkshire
  • Group: Registered Users Basic Membership Advisers Caresheets
  • Posts: 1267
  • Posted on: 12/4/2011 13:33
Re: Hole through fish!!?? #10
It looks very swollen at the back end of it's stomach also so I think whatever it is has turned bacterial. I've transferred to a quarantine tank, but prepared for the worst to be honest...