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borellii picked a fight with siphon

Lutefisk

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Three days ago, I accidentally vacuumed up my male A. borellii while doing a water change. I figured it was just a clump of java moss or subwassertang when I felt a jerk, but imagine my surprise when my poor fish went down the tube into the bucket.

He's missing a bunch of scales from one side of the top of his head (though his eye appears fine), and there's a bit of damage to the membranes of one pectoral and the rear of his dorsal fin. Many of the spiny rays in his dorsal (approx. the front 2/3) appear bent or snapped, giving his dorsal fin a kind of 'rolled' look. I wasn't able to get a good picture with my phone.

What, if anything, should I be doing for treatment? He seems in good spirits, and except for the missing scales, is colored up better than he was before the accident.

Final note: the gravel vac in question was in preparation to treat my tank for ich, as a couple of white dots had appeared on my head and tail light tetras. At the moment, I have my heater dialed up to 30C, and I'm feeding NLS small fish pellets that I've impregnated with metronidazole. I was using Kordon's Ich-Attack, but I ran out of that.
 

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I've done the same in the past, so don't feel like the Lone Ranger.:) I always put the fish in a quarantine tank. Usually dim light, optimal water conditions, peace and quiet, and time is all that is needed. Just keep an eye out for ich or fungal infections and treat if they appear. Personally, 30° is a bit stressful on a fish that normally (in the wild) lives in waters <25°. A. borellii have been collected in waters as low as 10°.
 

Lutefisk

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I've done the same in the past, so don't feel like the Lone Ranger.:) I always put the fish in a quarantine tank. Usually dim light, optimal water conditions, peace and quiet, and time is all that is needed. Just keep an eye out for ich or fungal infections and treat if they appear. Personally, 30° is a bit stressful on a fish that normally (in the wild) lives in waters <25°. A. borellii have been collected in waters as low as 10°.

Hi Mike, thanks for the advice and the kind words! I don't normally keep these guys at 30°, nor do I want to keep doing it--the fateful vacuum was in response to the first signs of ich in the tank, and I'm trying to use heat as part of the treatment. Hopefully, I'll be back to 24° in another week or so.
 

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Well, in a startlingly short amount of time, he's at least regained enough tissue on his face to color the scraped patches back up. His dorsal fin is still gnarly, but he's busy doing a little horizontal shimmy dance and flashing his colors for the females. Is going from max blue/gold to pale with a big black streak while he dances courtship, or aggression?
 

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