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  1. SuperNan79

    Injured skin on tomato clown

    I have a unique problem apparently because I can't find anything on google. I have two tomato clowns I moved to my sump due to a power outage and not having enough resources to support the tank they were in. The main display above the sump already has a pair of clowns so that was out of the idea. Aaaaanyways,... so the sump has some extra rock I'm seeding for a family member to start a tank and the rock is stacked so that the water has to flow through it- it's all the way to the surface across the center of the sump. The clowns were a bit freaked out by the sudden move and during the night my large tomato tried to jump the 'rockwall'. Unsuccessfully. She found herself with her head enough in the water to survive but she was almost all the way upside down with the left side of her belly out of water. I don't know why she didn't flop more because it appeared that she would have easily been able to flip herself and end up on the other side of the wall. So, that area of her skin was exposed to air for a prolonged amount of time and must have dried up a bit. I got her back in the water as soon as I saw her in the morning and she seemed fine. Later that day I noticed that that area seemed to be peeling and now we are 3 days later and the peeling continues. It is restricted to the area that was exposed and she shed part of the fins on that side as well. I'd wait it out and let it heal but she's not really eating. Has interest in eating but is either not feeling well or is freaked out by the move still- goes up to the food but doesn't eat it. I hand caught her and placed her in a bath of tank water with melafix in it for about 20 minutes- should I do this often? I don't want to add it to the entire tank because it does kill bacteria and I feel like things are just finally getting balanced in there. Should I do an area treatment with some iodine? I can capture her relatively easily by hand because of the size of the sump and could hold her over a container and apply some iodine or is that too harsh- maybe dilluted iodine? Ideas please? I don't want to set up a hospital tank but can if I get a general consensus that it's the best solution.
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