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Old 11-28-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Beat up yellow lab

I'm starting a hospital tank for this poor yellow lab everyone is harassing him. He's got chewed up fins and just looks terrible. I hope to nurse him back to health and maybe reintroduce him with some new fish. What is good for me to put in the tank to help him heal?
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:21 PM   #2
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Definitely a good idea to rehab,do you have any other labs in your tank?
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Labs are more peaceful than other african cichlids
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:51 PM   #4
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There is a product put out by API called stress coat, which I have sometimes found to be of help in these situations. It claims to help replace the natural slime layer of the fish and help them recover.
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I've been told that the antibiotics in api stress coat can damage the biofilter but "minimal"amounts in the home tank during the addition of new fish would be managable..so I guess that adding to the hospital tank would be preferrable...hope you're able to rehab your lab,I have 9 in total & would suck to lose even one...good luck
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I've been told that the antibiotics in api stress coat can damage the biofilter but "minimal"amounts in the home tank during the addition of new fish would be managable..so I guess that adding to the hospital tank would be preferrable...hope you're able to rehab your lab,I have 9 in total & would suck to lose even one...good luck
Good information to have, thank you for sharing.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:27 PM   #7
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Thank you so much for the recommendations. I found some melafix in my fish pantry. Would it to put it in the hospital tank? I do have another yellow lab they used to be buddies but now he's the most aggressive towards the other. We even got them at the same time like 6-8 months ago. We have no females in the tank to my knowledge. I don't understand the sudden aggression.
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I've used melaflex with mixed results,give it a shot&if there are no improvements you might try something else(stress coat is a good product).also if you haven't already be sure to raise the temp in the ht&add aquarium salt..(freshwater)
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:59 PM   #9
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Definitely! Thanks for all the help!
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Definitely! Thanks for all the help!
Hey,how's your lab doing?better I hope
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I've been told that the antibiotics in api stress coat can damage the biofilter but "minimal"amounts in the home tank during the addition of new fish would be managable..so I guess that adding to the hospital tank would be preferrable...hope you're able to rehab your lab,I have 9 in total & would suck to lose even one...good luck

Not at all. Stresscoat is a dechlorinator that many people use. It just has aloe and some other things. You must have confused this with something else.
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Did you have melaflex on hand?
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The lab is much better and happier in the hospital. His fins are growing back. I did have melafix on hand this is day 7 of treatment. Most of his back fin is gone I just hope it comes back! I do need to get a filter for this tiny tank I have sand substrate, any suggestions?
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The lab is much better and happier in the hospital. His fins are growing back. I did have melafix on hand this is day 7 of treatment. Most of his back fin is gone I just hope it comes back! I do need to get a filter for this tiny tank I have sand substrate, any suggestions?
I have 10g ht setup with a female zebra in it currently..using melaflex myself also..I'm not using any substrate though...using a small aquean filter which came with tank.as far as a filter cartridge I'm using a filter media cut to fit.I also due 1 daily pwc...
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