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Old 08-18-2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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Unhappy URGENT - Banded Bamboo Shark injured

I am in need of some input / help.
I have a banded bamboo shark 4 months old, hatched in my aquarium. Healthy specimen, all tank specs are good: Salinity 1.0235, 0 Ammo, 0 Nitrite, about 30 Nitrate, ph 8.4 and GH and KH are perfect. He has had no problems until today.
Just after a water change he and his tank mate, a mature one spot foxface were in a cave together. The foxface has been showing aggression over the last 2 weeks. It appears that the shark has been stunned by the spikes of the foxface. The foxface raised his spikes and backed into the shark.
The shark's breathing is very rapid. No other changes apparent. He is swimming, more than usual actually. I have observed him for over 6 hours with no sign of change. He will not eat, but I don't blame him... I am concerned about his welfare. What do I do??? Do I need to help him or is it just temporary??? Will he be alright?? HELP
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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Foxface are very venomous. I'm not sure there is anything you can do. Hopefully the shark can filter the poison out of his system. I would separate them immediately and try lowering the salinity of the tank to make it easier for the shark to breathe.
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Any reccomendation as to how low the salinity should be made to make it easier?
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:21 PM   #4
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First get the foxface out, if he is aggressive he will come back to finish the job.
Please be careful, it will sting you as well if you let it. Its not deadly to humans, but if you are allergic to insect bites/stings it can be bad.

Then I would slowly lower it to around 1.018~1.019

If you have any corals I would move them out as well, they will get really really pissed off otherwise.
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What size tank is this? The shark can be treated in a QT with Nitrofurazone or with an oral med such as Baytril so infection does not set in. I don't see a need to remove corals unless you treat in the main system (I don't advise this) or you drastically reduce the salinity (30ppt will suffice if you decide to drop it).
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The tank is a 95 gallon setup for the hatching of the egg case. I only have three fish in it - 1 Foxface, 1 Sleeper goby, and 1 shark - plus the "cleanup crew" (starfish and snails)
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How is the shark doing?
Listen to innovator, he knows his stuff. I was just giving you real basic info.
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He's doing better. Still labored in his breathing but it's slowing down. Going to try to feed him again today. Thus far still no appetite. No signs of infection or wounds. I am going to see what I can get my hands on in the way of Nitrafurazone. Can I use this even in the big tank or must it be localized in a quarantine tank?
Thanks for the help so far!!!
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Sorry, Found the answer to my own question in the Innovator's comments.
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have you separated the two fish?
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