Thread: Arowana mouth injury?
12-30-2013, 12:18 PM #11
its either that or you could try to sedate him (which I have never done) with some clove oil. a quick google search will show you how some people have done it.
I would just wrap him in a towel so you can get a good grip on him and try to pop it back into place.your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!
01-01-2014, 11:44 AM #12
2.I noticed something well the shopkeeper pointed it out actually, his entire top fin on his back is gone, it's in bits and cuts and almost fully gone, no damage to his tail or other fins.
Here's the original pic of him when I got him 4 months back,(top fin I am refering to is highlighted) you can notice that even in the pic that I have posted in the first page showing his open jaw, his fin on the back is present and that was taken just 2 weeks from now, now it's almost fully gone.
And to add to the horror, today I turned on the tank lights and I could see tiny wriggling worms, I saw at least 3 of them, so perhaps he broke his jaw due to violent movements initiated by the worms eating his fins?
Any preferred medications to treat the water, does it indicate the gravel filter is not functioning properly?
I do 50% water changes every week so any ideas what caused the worm outbreak?
Last edited by fishery; 01-01-2014 at 11:47 AM.
01-05-2014, 05:15 AM #13
the worms would be from dirty gravel. they shouldn't affect the arowanas fins though. I would guess his fin is getting torn up from jumping and/or poor water quality.
you said you are using a gravel filter? for as much of a bioload as an arowana will produce, you will want much better filtration. preferably a large canister and/or sump.
I would vacuum the gravel very thoroughly every 2-3 days until the worms are gone and do 50% water changes each time.your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!
01-06-2014, 01:22 AM #14
Thanks for the reply Crispy, I ll be getting a Canister first thing tomorrow.
Is a gravel filter a recommended type of filtration ?
My Aquarium shop swears that is it the best type of filtration and that they have used it for years in their shop without any issues.
Isn't vacuuming the gravel with a Silver Aro risky, my Aro loves to jump when I open the tank or when he is spooked.
Anyway any recommended Canister Brands ?
01-07-2014, 11:41 AM #15
I would recommend a fluval fx5 or larger eheim canister. I would also recommend getting rid of most of your gravel and only keep a very thin layer if you absolutely want gravel. I keep my aros with bare bottom tank so it is very easy to clean.
under gravel filters are an old-school way of filtering an aquarium. while they do work, they need to be cleaned frequently and even then are still poor filters IMO. they also do nothing for mechanical filtration. I would never use one in any of my tanks.
as for the aro jumping, he will get used to your hands and vacuum in the tank. he should stay on the opposite side when you are cleaning. aros need lots of water changes and vacuuming, so just do what you have to do and before long he shouldn't care much.
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