My silver dollar has an issue. Nothing can go smoothly. You think you have your tank under control and then something happens. My silver dollar is having a problem with its mouth. Opening and closing continually and the gills are moving more than the others. It’s isolating itself from the others. It won’t eat regular food but did go for the frozen bloodworms yesterday. This has been going on for three days.
I think it either broke its jaw on the glass or it has food lodged. It has had a bump on its lips which is white, not fuzzy. And it truly has been there for a year—no exaggeration. I think it’s because it crashes into everything. Anyway I fear for its life and I don’t know what to do. Water parameters are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and <5 nitrate.
Update 12/19. Clearly head on I caught a glimpse of the roof of the mouth and it appears like swollen tissue, white in color. Like it’s soft or jelly like or like the consistency of a wet cotton ball. IF this fish ate a sick fish, could cotton mouth be located INSIDE the mouth or is it always on the outside?
I’m at a loss and feel helpless.
Inside the mouth doesn’t look as swollen. My guess is it suffered an injury banging into the glass or aquarium decor. But the worst that has happened is a lump on its side has appeared. It seemed to have come out of nowhere. And also, you can see the issue around the mouth. Below is a short 10 second video.
This is the latest. Thank you for asking.
Can't see the mouth, if you want to try something there is a herbal product for wounds and bacterial infections called Artemiss by Microbelift which is safe for loaches and all, maybe it helps with the swelling, worst case it does nothing.
I will look into the product you suggest. Thank you again.
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