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Or I could title this "From QT back to QT":
After a 3-4 week wait in quarantine, and multiple deaths (from maybe a bad batch of Pearl Gouramis), I was in the process of netting the two surviving fish for their debut into the Main tank. The smaller one went into the transfer container quite easily. The large male decided to jump from the net, and smack, right onto the hardwood floor. Ugh!
He's back in the QT tank and acting normal, but he has a small bruise on his chin (right next to his mouth) and what appears to be a minor scrape behind his head. The chin swelling reduced after 30min, and it looks like a small blood blister (or red spot).
My inclination is to add some aquarium salt to help with the slime coat, but other than that I'm not sure. Am I on the right track here? So now I wonder, do fish get internal injuries from landing on a hard surface? When is it safe to move him into the main tank?
 

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If it is still in the QT you could add a bit of methylene blue just to make sure infection doesn't set in.
I am also having good luck with colloidal silver on my betta, she had a stubborn infection which seems to be gone now.
 

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Thanks,
What is the difference between methylene blue and metronidazole? The LFS recommended the ladder.
I never thought of colloidal silver. Do you buy a fish grade product, or is a bottle (for humans) the same thing?
 

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I use Tetra medica Fungistop, so it is made for aquariums. Many people take colloidal silver for all kinds of ailments.
I swear by silver based ointments for burn wounds too.


The metronidazole is an antibiotic often prescribed for gynecologic problems in humans, not really needed yet, and something to seriously consider as your old water from the tank, likely goes back into the sewage system of your town.

the least safe option if you don't have an accurate scale, is to cauterise the scrapes with some potassium permanganate.
 
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