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Re: Injured Weather Loach.

Posted By: ev <eco_evie@yahoo.com>
Date: Monday, 14 May 2001, at 9:00 a.m.

hopefully my recent first-time injury experience will help: cory injured by yo-yo (see posts "are yo-yo's aggressive").since loaches, cory's, are sensitive to malachite green & salt, assumed treatment of illness/injury would prob be the same...
-suggest that you keep water aeration high- airstone if possible as well as pump-if using any meds. many decrease oxygen available.
-absolutely agree re: isolating patient. you may have to use broad-spectrum treatment that community shouldn't be exposed to, nature that weaker will get picked on (and eaten).your patient needs stress-free environment.
-cotton fungus may set in as secondary infection.once in, grows fast!!!!!(tho prob slower in non-heated situation).get some batteries in your flashlight for inspections.
-i started with erythromycin since assumed bacteria would be a problem. things quite possibly would have been ok if i hadn't inadvertently contaminated tank. cory seemed to tolerate erythromycin well, but i had airstone in as well as aquafilter. actually 5 days before i screwed up with contamination,wash your hands & equipment well and rinse rinse before contact with patient's tank.
-apparently corys don't like to be medicated. when cotton fungus set in, i used carbon, then neosulfex, supposedly broad-spectrum incl cotton fungus.didn't work.
-watch for cotton fungus. appeared quickly, grew fast.
-not familiar with hex-a-mit, but suggest you have compatible treatment(s) on hand so if secondary infection sets in, you're not going nuts at 2 a.m.
good luck.


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