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Old 06-21-2004, 11:29 PM   #1
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Can I cure Lock-Jaw?

My beautiful Australian Rainbow is now (I am 99% sure) affected with Lock-Jaw. I have waited this out for a while to see if it would cure itself, but so far, no luck.

It hasn't eaten in about a week and a half, but sure is still kickin. It swims very actively, shows nice color..everything seems normal except it's mouth. It doesn't seem to be stressed at all.

So, is there anything at all I can do to cure this, or what? In a way, I just want to grab the fish, and push it's mouth back down...but I know that is out of the question (or is it, lol?). I have had this fish for about a year and a half, and don't want to lose it..but I think I have already lost this battle

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:36 PM   #2
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I believe lock jaw either cures itself, or it doesn't. The good thing, is the fish is swimming and moving water over the gills.
I don't know what to tell you Dt, I lost a Mbuna to lock-jaw once. She didn't last that long once her mouth was stuck open. At that time, I searched google and came up with various articles (and this site). No one could offer an explaination as to why it happens or how to fit it. The only thing I saw that was remotely useful was a suggestion to close the jaw yourself. The author went on to say that care must be taken and best to try this on an expired fish with lock-jaw before attempting on a living fish with lock-jaw.
That was totally useless. I don't have any great advice for you
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Old 06-22-2004, 06:46 AM   #3
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That was totally useless. I don't have any great advice for you
Not at all

Thanks for your reply, I think I may just be stuck with it like it is =(. I was checking it out this morning before replying to this, and it is swimming around all active and everything, chasing the other rainbows.

I just hope it passes soon, I hate seeing it all like that whenever I go to look at the tank. :|

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Old 06-22-2004, 09:12 AM   #4
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Urg. And this is especially complicated by the fact that most fish have very complex jaws with a dual Maxilla (maxilla and pre-maxilla) which swings outwards. Even if you did get the fish in your hand, it'd be very difficult to manipulate the jaw correctly back into place.

I wonder if this lock jaw is muscular or whether it's a type of dislocation...
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I wonder if this lock jaw is muscular or whether it's a type of dislocation...
I don't know, but for what it's worth, my fish it seems had like..a bigger muscle under it's mouth, almost like it was working it to much. (kinda like right after you lift weights, you can feel your muscles) And also, it would seem to get better one day(the lockjaw), and then worse the next..so I'm leaning towards muscular, but who knows?

The whole thing puzzles me...but none the less, my beautiful fish is no more. It was dead when I got home from work today :|

Thanks for all your help
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My condolences on the loss of your fish, Devilish.
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Sorry to hear about your rainbow..
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at least he died in a happy home/didnt live too long with lockjaw
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Thanks guys! Feeling much better now
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