Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-29-2006, 07:02 PM   #1
src
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 476
Rasbora Het - broken jaw?

Well, the hits just never stop. Today it's one of my Rasboras - he is swimming around with his mouth wide open, and does not appear to be able to move his jaw. I suspect that he broke his jaw trying to eat one of the MTS I added yesterday.

What's the prognosis? Should I try to let him heal, or is he going to suffer slowly due to not being able to eat?

Caring for fish was a lot easier when I was young and ignorant of their needs - a dead fish just meant a trip to the fish store. Knowledge and responsibility can be a real bummer sometimes!
__________________

__________________
src is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2006, 08:28 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 1,726
Re: Rasbora Het - broken jaw?

Quote:
Originally Posted by src
Caring for fish was a lot easier when I was young and ignorant of their needs - a dead fish just meant a trip to the fish store. Knowledge and responsibility can be a real bummer sometimes!
Yes, but think of how much smarter we are - how much more knowledge we have (ok, trying to find a bright side I guess)

His jaw may just be dislocated and may heal itself. Give it some time before you do anything. I've read articles where people have tried to physically move dislocated jaws into place, but they were larger fish (koi), and the fish ended up fixing itself.
__________________

__________________
35G barebottom: 2 boesemani rainbowfish, 4 congo tetras, Low light plants (1.5wpg) attached to or planted in my own handmade ceramics - Anubia v Nana, Anubia v Barteri, Red Rubin Sword
2.5G - Spot (beautiful betta - Soft pink with red spots on his fins. Java Moss.
joannde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2006, 09:54 PM   #3
src
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 476
Well, it's academic now - he died. That's worrying to say the least. He was active before I posted, but did appear to be having trouble breathing. I guess not being able to close his mouth made the process of forcing water over the gills more difficult. He was going to the top some, and swimming around the tank constantly instead of lazing about and taking breaks like the others do.

Just did a large water change just in case there was something I can't test for that would cause problems. Obviously that won't help for a parasitic/bacterial issue, but better safe than sorry.
__________________
src is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2006, 11:59 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 1,726
Oh I'm so sorry
__________________
35G barebottom: 2 boesemani rainbowfish, 4 congo tetras, Low light plants (1.5wpg) attached to or planted in my own handmade ceramics - Anubia v Nana, Anubia v Barteri, Red Rubin Sword
2.5G - Spot (beautiful betta - Soft pink with red spots on his fins. Java Moss.
joannde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2006, 12:36 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Zagz's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 17,108
Send a message via MSN to Zagz
So sorry for your loss.
__________________
AA Community Rules | AA TOS

-----------
Site Administrator
Zagz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2006, 10:55 PM   #6
src
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 476
Well, just lost another one to the same problem. It appears to have tried to eat an MTS (or something else unmanagable) during the blackout I did 2 weeks ago. It kept schooling with the others and behaving normally, other than not being able to eat and getting thinner. I was really torn over euthenasia because it didn't appear to be in serious distress, but today it started acting abnormally and I had to give in to the fact that it wasn't going to improve.

I guess I was deluding myself with the hope that the jaw might just be dislocated instead of broken. Is there any chance of recovery from this injury, or should I just deal with it sooner should it happen again?
__________________
src is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2006, 10:00 AM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
Devilishturtles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,543
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
I don't think there is a recovery. It is something you can watch for a few days to see if it fixes itself, but other than that....just hope it won't happen again. FWIW, I've lost 3 or 4 rainbows that way. Never had a rasbora get it though. Sorry.
__________________

__________________
-Lindsay

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
broken jaw, rasbora

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Angel fish with possible broken jaw wayno Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 8 10-06-2009 06:34 AM
broken jaw dozer Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 7 09-19-2005 08:22 AM
Can I cure Lock-Jaw? Devilishturtles Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 8 06-23-2004 07:00 AM
Lock jaw spence0416 Cichlid Discussion 6 02-12-2004 02:03 PM
Jaw Fish chrisareston Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 11-07-2002 03:08 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.