This morning I woke up to find a silver dollar jammed in one of the holes of the clown loach cave. A family member was able to pull him out but of course the top of his back is scraped and he has one broken pectoral fin. I do not want to remove it to another tank. I will keep the water extra clean. Should I add aquarium salt? Sometimes I feel the salt is more stressful. But I certainly don't want infection to set in either.
55 gallon, 78-80 degrees, ph, 7.2-7.4. Nitrates no more than 20. Clown loaches and cherry barbs in addition to silver dollars.
Do keep the water as clean as possible. Watch for signs of a bacterial infection on the injured fish -- you may need to isolate it and treat with antibiotics if you see things going wrong. Some would suggest adding Melafix.... I prefer just to do extra water changed, but Melafix is an option.
Again, I was really undecided on the salt, but I have used it before with the current inhabitants and it was ok. I probably should've just treated immediately. I will do a water change tomorrow.
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