Strange day at work... My coworker and I were looking over the new fish we got in this past week and we noticed one of the "large" (probably about 5 inches) koi was holding its mouth really funny. It almost looked broken.
We caught him and upon closer inspection, realized that he had a stone lodged in his mouth. He was trying so hard to spit it out, but it was well and truly lodged.
I ran my hands under water for awhile and rinsed them really well of any soaps, lotions, etc, then dried them off. I carefully picked up the fish and, using a pair of feeding tongs, gently tried to extract the stone. I couldn't get a good enough grip on the stone.
I let him back in the bucket we had set him in for a minute and retrieved a pair of tweezers. Picked him back up again, and after several attempts, finally got a good hold on the stone. I had to stretch his mouth out carefully and slowly, and when I finally got the stone out, I was shocked. It was almost an inch long and almost half an inch wide. No wonder it wouldn't come out!
We put him back into his tank and watched him for awhile. He seemed a little disoriented- no doubt from being out of the water- but after a few "yawns" he seemed to straighten out. When I left several hours later, he was fine.
Whats the strangest thing you've ever had to do for your fish?
Fish deserve time, effort and lots of care!!! Please don't impulse buy!
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