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    That'll buff right out.

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    How’s the fish holding up, Al?

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    Back in the day, I had a 4" discus stuck behind a heater. I wasn't particular observant and only noticed when I saw the fish with a burn pattern after the water change. The area was comparable to Al's fish. There were no scales left and the burnt area was just pink. Poor guy, must have been in so much pain.

    Back then, I had no hospital tank and wasn't particularly up on medication. It stayed in the grow out tank and I just kept making large water changes. All this happened before I was doing daily water changes. I kept up the water changes (I don't recall the frequency) and just hoped for the best. Within a short time (I don't recall how long), the fish resumed eating. Eventually, it was fully recovered. The burnt area regrew scales. I recall it was a blue turq. The regrowth was surprisingly good. The striping went right through the burnt area, except it was somewhat offset from the unburned area.

    My learning is: first, do no harm. Keep everything really clean. If the fish was in good condition beforehand, discus can be very forgiving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    Back in the day, I had a 4" discus stuck behind a heater. I wasn't particular observant and only noticed when I saw the fish with a burn pattern after the water change. The area was comparable to Al's fish. There were no scales left and the burnt area was just pink. Poor guy, must have been in so much pain.

    Back then, I had no hospital tank and wasn't particularly up on medication. It stayed in the grow out tank and I just kept making large water changes. All this happened before I was doing daily water changes. I kept up the water changes (I don't recall the frequency) and just hoped for the best. Within a short time (I don't recall how long), the fish resumed eating. Eventually, it was fully recovered. The burnt area regrew scales. I recall it was a blue turq. The regrowth was surprisingly good. The striping went right through the burnt area, except it was somewhat offset from the unburned area.

    My learning is: first, do no harm. Keep everything really clean. If the fish was in good condition beforehand, discus can be very forgiving.

    Good luck, Al.
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    Hi all,
    I had hoped to do more updates but with the Holiday and family things it just didnt happen. The fish is doing well and healing..Its been 8 days since I posted this and have treated with Oxytetracycline. The infection has subsided and the healing is progressing well. Discus never cease to amaze me. They get a bad rap as weak fish but they really are not...If kept as they should be they have amazing immune systems.

    Here was 8 days ago..

    2018-11-18 13.31.16.jpg

    Here is today..
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    cropped burn area.
    2018-11-26 08.19.18.jpg

    When I treat with an antibiotic I don't cut short the treatment. 10 days for oxytetracycline is what I use as it takes a few days to reach therapeutic levels in the fish from my experience.

    I will post more updates as it progresses but we are over the hill and on our way to patient discharge.
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    Can only say WOW Al It is looking very good.
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    Amazing.
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    That is an amazing recover in just 8 days! I really thought he was a goner. Dr Discus does it again!
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    Nice job Al!!

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    So happy reading this! GJ!

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    Thanks everyone. I didnt do much here though..just gave it good clean water, the judicious use of the right antibiotic for an appropriate duration, and good food. The fishes immune system did the rest.

    Pretty happy so far with the healing.

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    Default Re: Heater Burn ...

    Update time...

    Fish is doing very well... the scab has fallen off and the healing continues, you can actually see some scales growing back in the middle of the wound.


    Original injury... 11/17/2018


    2018-11-18 13.31.16.jpg


    today... 12/6/18


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    closeup.. see the scales? That should start to close up now from the margins and interior.


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    That's amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing pics when the fish is totally healed. I wonder if there will even be any sign of the injury.
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    Default Re: Heater Burn ...

    I don't know Liz, I think there will probably some scales that grow back funky. On a Snakeskin , it probably won't be that bad, but if this was a solid or open pattern fish like a turq I think it would be more obvious.

    Time will tell.

    So much for Discus being whimpy weak fish huh?

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    Default Re: Heater Burn ...

    great recovery, and he is a beautiful one! glad he survived.

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