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Blood Parrot with Red Sores in Mouth

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I have a 5 year old Blood Parrot cichlid. He lives in a 190 gallon tank with lots of room, great/stable water, lots of aeration etc... A few months ago I started to notice sores inside of his mouth where his teeth are located. Since Blood Parrots cannot close their mouths, he always seemed to hold the food in his throat and crush it. Once these sores appeared, he still tried to eat but could no longer hold the food in place to crush it in his throat. Several weeks ago his poor appetite turned to no appetite and he acquired several secondary (I think) infections...hole in the head and fungus. I quarantined him and treated him for 1 1/2 weeks with API General cure. This helped the Hole in the Head so I put him back into the main tank. He is again trying desperately to eat but can hardly chew (and the red sores are still there). I have tried soaking the pellets so they are soft, various brands of flake food, live worms, frozen brine shrimp and blood worms...he can eat some but it is a struggle. Has anyone experienced a similar situation or have any advice on what to try from here? Thanks.
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Many times hole in the head and other lesions are caused by organisms in the stomach. I suspect you will need antibiotics to treat. However, if it is really advanced you will not be able to save it.

If it was a valuable fish, I would take it to the vet so they could do a scrape and identify the best antibiotics after looking at it under a microscope.
Peas? try boiled peas and see if he can chew that...
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