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Emergency Care!
April 21, 2012
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donovan
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i have a cichlid who has recently been in a fight with another cichlid and has been severely injured i am changing him over to an emergency tank that was setup for this recently. but due to a lack of supplies all i have is an air pump. should i leave the pump out or use it and how long can he last without one?

April 21, 2012
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i mean without a filter

April 22, 2012
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The air pump should be used to provide some circulation and oxygenation in the tank, but you will need to carry out regular small water changes to control waste levels. Clean water is essential to the healing process.

You'd be best to invest in a small internal filter for the hospital tank and put some of your existing media in there to instantly cycle it.

What species are involved, and can you provide us with more details of your main tank?

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April 22, 2012
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QUOTE (Eyrie @ Apr 22 2012, 05:07 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
The air pump should be used to provide some circulation and oxygenation in the tank, but you will need to carry out regular small water changes to control waste levels. Clean water is essential to the healing process.

You'd be best to invest in a small internal filter for the hospital tank and put some of your existing media in there to instantly cycle it.

What species are involved, and can you provide us with more details of your main tank?

thanks for the info, my main tank is a mbuna cichlid tank with a few juvenile haps. i am not sure what exact fish were involved in the fight, but the one attacked is a young haplichromis venustus (not exactly sure, it and one of its siblings were bought a few months ago and are only 4 months old) other fish are an electric blue, 2 electric yellows, 2 unidentified albinos, and a queen peacock.

is this a bad setup or just a really bad fight? thanks

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