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Ok my newest reds got a bit taken out of his gut. When I feed him it comes out the hole. I took him out and put him in a hospital tank. Put some melafix and a little salt in the water and turned the heat up to 82F. Is there anything else I can do other than wait and see ? Thanks for any help.

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Fortunatly I have never had this experience yet I have heard stories of P's coming back from horrendous injuries. They have a remarkable healing ability so I wouldnt be surprised if he pulls through. At least thats what I am rooting for.
 

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I suggest you put it out of its misery, put it in water in a bucket and put it in the freezer for a few hours, that will be the humane way to do it
 

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i have heard a few people saying that they lived because of there amazing ability to regenerate flesh and fins. so i think i am going to wait i know he is hungary but he is one of my babies. i would rather know i did all i could and he died then knowing i froze him in a bucket. should i feed him or not ? if i do it might reopen the wound, if i don't then he will starve.
 

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Pygos can go an amazingly long time without eating. They have a fatty store that they can draw from in times of famon and in the wild can live for months without a meal...

I would hold off on feeding in that situation.

Good luck, I hope he pulls through for you!

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I dont think it would starve if you let it go for say 3 weeks- month, keep tank water extra clean, maybe 20% daily water changes, 1 tsp salt for every 6g, and temp of 84
 

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Yes when i frist came to this site, there was a post in here about the SAME thing and they gave salt water dip, and kep him in a diffrent tank. and the fish was ok.
 

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I dont remember who it was but someone had a p that had the same problem and it pulled through. Don't give up hope. DON'T feed him or he will just re-open the wound back up.

Good Luck!
 

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Is there anything else I can do other than wait and see ?
As already stated earlier by some of the members, there is a good chance your fish could regenerate (also known as morpholaxis). I have on rare occasions seen fish like these that have belly wounds and the intestine re-routes with a new opening after the belly wall heals. One in particular I recall had its anus to the side along the serrae. about 1.03 mm from the normal opening anteriorly. So it is quite possible that your fish could recover completely. If your fish is eating and is not exhibiting any unusual stress I would not euthanize it. However, it is sometimes kinder to do that if in your opinion the fish appears not functioning properly in its other type normal behavior. I would for sure, separate it because the others could see this wound as an open invitation to dine on it.
 

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just though I would update. Thanks for all the info. He seems to be doing ok we are on day 3 now. And he is swimming around and all that. I know he is really hungry though his stomach is all sucked in. poor little guy. I hope he pulls through.

Ryan - I will try to get a good pict it will be hard though.
 
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