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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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?