Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:59 pm Post subject: jewel cichlid gill tumor - operated, Pics for reference
My Jewel developed a lump/tumor under her gills few months back, but she was active as usual for longtime, competing for food and chasing away other cichlids, but past few days, she was more isolated and her tumor seems to have grown big and she was not able to flap her gills and always stayed near to the water column.
Thought it was high-time i should help her, so decided to operate the tumor and performed a little surgery on 23rd Dec night and removed the tumor. But she was much exhausted after her surgery, may be it was a major surgery for her...just kept my fingers crossed..that everything should go well.
Today(25th Dec) she started eating her food well and swim freely and active
Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:19 pm Post subject: Re: jewel cichlid gill tumor - operated, Pics for reference
hey Chetesh...I am not a vet ..just a fish hobbyist. Wanting to save my fish Its worth trying to cure than to see them suffer!!!
....I have done similar treatment earlier...thought i could share some experience.
Equipment used are
1. stainless scissors
2. small tweezers
3. Some gauze and cotton
4. small glass tank
I have a small tank for operating as I need to take the fish out of the water for operation and need to leave it back in water every few seconds for breathing. If it’s a big quarantine tank, will be difficult to catch back the fish to continue the procedure.
Try to examine the other side of the gill that is not infected to check for the exact build-up of the normal gill, so u will not disturb the vital organ while operating the infected part.
I start by cutting the protruding tumor hanging out...and remove it with tweezers and leave the fish back in water for a min. take it back and slowly cut the remaining tumor in the interior part of the gill...just be patient, do not stress out the fish to a great extent...at every interval of the operation just check how your fish acts and breath. If you see any sign of difficulty. You can stop the procedure and start it over in few days after the fish recovers. I have done the same kind of procedure over a week by slowly removing parts of tumor in every sitting....
After the procedure leave the fish in well aerated quarantine tank with diluted aquarium/crystal(non iodised) salt. I feed the fish with dry shrimp/artemia soaked in table salt for quarantined time. Once the fish recovers, it can be back in the main tank.
This time my fish recovered in 5 days and its back in the main tank with other cichlid, active and competing again
@ cutting off the tumor does make the fish bleed no need to panic.
@ do not keep the fish out of water for a long time...leave it back in water every 30 secs to a min and check the fish behavior before continuing the procedure..
@ do not hurry up...patience is the virtue
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