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Old 02-06-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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Question Help ! my blue damsels lips are strange..

Hey there all, thank you for taking the time to read this.
My small blue damsels lips are white, they look big and stuck in a O.
I fed everyone and it didn't bother to even attempt to eat ...
Any suggestions ??
Other then that it does not seem to be acting weird ..
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:06 PM   #2
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Stuck in an O? So the jaw will not unflex back to the closed state? If the jaw remains open there is nothing you can do except hope for the best, if that is the case.
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Thank you very much. What causes this ?
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:15 PM   #4
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Is it indeed the jaw extended? You mentioned white lips so I am assuming that what you are seeing is the skin stretched making it look transparent? Anyways, hard to say what causes lock-jaw, but many point to nutrition. If you get desperate, since fish eventually succumb to this, you can catch the fish and try to very gently massage the jowls back into place.
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OK stupid question but I've never done this before, so gently rub the sides of his jaw?
Won't this just stress him out ?
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Yes, it will stress the fish out. I would give it some time, several hours to overnight depending on how the fish is reacting to it; otherwise, it will eventually succumb to starvation and general stress. If you decide to massage the sides of its jaw you don't have to bring it our of the water (cup or bowl should suffice). Wish I could be of more help.
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I just appreciate your help .. I think I will give it to morning and see what happens then. Then make a decision..
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I`ve seen it happen also from injury. The treatment is what James said either way.
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You also have a thread asking about NitroMax. Any chance your tank isn't cycled yet?
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I am not sure,I did use it and after about 1 wk all my parameters were right where they should be. I had a local LFS helping me and they agreed that my levels were right.
I then added 3 damsels and a wk later added 1 clown fish.
About 2 days ago I noticed that my levels were no longer perfect here is what they are
PH 7.8 Alk high Nitrite 1 or above Ammonia 0 Nitrate is 20. Not so good
So I did a 30% water change but they are the same.
I do have some live rock in my tank but not a lot, my blue damsel with the open mouth died during the night.
I wish I had just stuck to the old fashioned way, but I didn't know much and when I asked at the LFS they suggested doing it this way. Figured they knew more then me.
I am wondering if I should do another WC ??
Now I see that my lg black damsel is faded, twitching and scratching against things in the tank ... Help
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