Sure I'd love to I'll pm a couple procedures a long with the priority of them
We don't want folks breaking out the scalpels and laughing gas too soon ( well maybe not the scalpels
I find the most frustrating thing about treating "Horse face" in altos (My punks get it too from time to time) is that after going to all the trouble to net them etc. Yu get them fixed up and the next day after feeding them he's got it all over again.
The condition should be fixed asap so that it doesn't heal in the torn position. If it does (I have procrastinated this simple procedure before
) than you are better off yanking, slightly on the mouth to tear it yet again which you shouldn't do unless you're sure of yourself.
I think the most common mistake we make when trying to insure that they don't get a repeat of the problem is that we don't allow for it to heal.
In another thread I outlined a procedure in which (I have a friend who is a doc who set up a Tang tank in his waiting room) I/we basically pushed the jaw back into place and, using a single stitch, sewed the upper jaw to his nose. We left the stitch in for 2 months because he said human tendons are slower to heal than are bones and I figured that fish tendons would heal slower still due to cold blood etc.?
When we removed the stitch the fish was great, the stitch hole healed, although we discussed a nose ring
and he has never torn the tendon since (He is still a big old BLack Zambian Calvus sitting in the waiting room.) .
Now I can't prove that the stitch did anything and I am too lazy to repair most fish this way. I think the best procedure is that which Razzo pointed out (WIth awesome pics BTW
once you've got it bacj in place I would add that you should not feed him for up to two weeks (Watch to make sure he's not starving.) If you must feed them, feed floating pellets as Altos won't extend their jaw to feed from the surfsce because the suction effect is useless.
Don't worry if they're not accustomed tp surface feeding, if they're not eating they aint hungry enough (I tell my wife this very same things when the kids won't eat what's on their plates!