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Old 06-24-2004, 08:17 PM   #1
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Pictus Cat with Bent Barbel

One of my pictus catfish has a bent barbel. Will this heal up? anyone had any experience with this b4?

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Old 06-24-2004, 08:32 PM   #2
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I had to cut about 1/3 of a fin off my pictus cat, he had gotten it massively tangled in the net, and was ripping the skin around his fin 'joint' trying to get loose. He did just fine, took a while to get used to the missing part and for it to heal, but he did fine.

Is the barbel open, or just bent? If it's open, from what I understand (and did to mine), turn the temp up about 3 degrees and add a little salt to the tank, and add some StressCoat.


Sorry, I didn't mean to do the caps, but didn't know how else to make it noticible. I would feel horrid if that didn't work for yours, and it died or something. Please, please PLEASE make sure that someone else confirms this before trying it!!!!

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Old 06-24-2004, 09:12 PM   #3
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Do you know why the barbel is bent?

The barbel should grow back (may take a while) and if it appears healthy other than being bent, in that it is not accumulating white fuzziness or otherwise appears infected, it should be fine. I lower the water level and catch my cats by hand to avoid netting them, after one unpleasant incident with a cory cat and a net.

I would recommend Melafix if you want to treat the tank without using actual medication - I have seen it work wonders as a mild antiseptic to heal fin damage, so I imagine it would be helpful for barbels as well.
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when i got my neons they were in there with tiger barbs. they were really shredded up. 2 weeks later with like 1-2 glugs of melafix just like new
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I wouldnt cut, it should eventually heal on its own, dont worry about it.
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