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    Fish sucked into siphon

    Discussion in 'Lessons Learned' started by Giant Val, Feb 11, 2018.

    1. Giant Val

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      While doing my weekly 50% water change today one of my Festivums got it's head stuck in the siphon. The fish is about 3-4", the siphon hose is 3/4". I stopped the siphon to get it out. It's head is a bit mangled and it has a bulging eye. This has never happened to me before, I might change to a 1/2" siphon to reduce the suction.
       
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      The wounds should heal,I'm not sure what will become of the eye.
       
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      I did that once with a small Bichir, his head was a bit messed up, but other than that he did fine.
       
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      Ugh, I’ve done this too. The one time I get distracted.... thankfully(in his case) my syphon didn’t have really strong suction. I think the opening is 1”-1 1/4” or something like that. My Black moor was fine. No injuries. Not sure how long he was in there.
      I hope your guy heals up fast, and hopefully won’t lose his eye.
       
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      Last year I had a 7 in Bala shark gets sucked into mine I didn't notice it for a while since I was siphoning it out while I was doing other projects I thought I was going to lose him but he managed to recover

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      I think it has happened to everyone at one time or another.
       
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      Looks like its going to be okay. It ate well this afternoon.
       
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      Yep i had a female rivulatus that attacked it head first. She'd torn a huge chunk out of her head. **** was rough. Gotta watch out
       
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      I once sucked up a giant danio, he basically went for a log flume ride until I reversed the flow; he came out with pretty shredded scales, and remained a bit disabled for a few days until my Oscar ate him :/
       
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      How is it's eye looking?
       
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