Fish attacked ? Heron


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Seeking advice as unfortunately I’m a nurse not a vet! believe my fish was attacked by heron a week ago today, luckily (maybe) saved by the netting across the pond. Think that I found him shortly afterwards and moved him out of the pond. Surprised he went 24 hours after the nasty chunk taken out of him, even more so that he has gone a week. Have kept him separate and changed about 30% of the water daily, bought filter to help also to prevent any infection.

What I want to know is will he heal further? What can I do to help? Am I being cruel keeping him alive?
 
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:( Pains me to look at the picture...poor guy. Was it just the one fish and these are several views of it? Do you see any sign of healing?
 
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:( Pains me to look at the picture...poor guy. Was it just the one fish and these are several views of it? Do you see any sign of healing?
Just the one guy, different views. Seems to be healing as far as the wound is concerned from a medical point of view but then could be something I am not seeing
 
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It's hard to tell but in the second photo it looks like the tail is really streaky and red which could mean severe infection like septicemia? It would be hard to imagine a living thing with such a severe injury NOT having an infection of some sort. Maybe someone more familiar with disease or illness will chime in but it doesn't look great from my perspective. Could you get another photo of the side of the fish just to make sure I'm not seeing things that aren't there?
 
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It's hard to tell but in the second photo it looks like the tail is really streaky and red which could mean severe infection like septicemia? It would be hard to imagine a living thing with such a severe injury NOT having an infection of some sort. Maybe someone more familiar with disease or illness will chime in but it doesn't look great from my perspective. Could you get another photo of the side of the fish just to make sure I'm not seeing things that aren't there?
Thanks for reply, this is the other side, think photos/light makes it redder than actually is, just have pinkness down both lengths of his body.
 
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Ugh... that poor fish. I applaud your attempt to save it. I think I would be tempted to put it out of it's misery. If it survives, it will be a miracle fish!
 
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Thanks for reply, this is the other side, think photos/light makes it redder than actually is, just have pinkness down both lengths of his body.
Thanks for the extra photo, it does look a lot less red/streaky with different light so hopefully that means it's not as bad as I thought. That is a very intense looking wound, but maybe the fish will have a full recovery as long as you keep the water quality pristine and it doesn't develop any bacterial or fungal infections.
 
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what a tough little guy/gal, hoping for a recovery
@TD123 , what is the hole size for your net? I'm thinking it may be too coarse
 
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what a tough little guy/gal, hoping for a recovery
@TD123 , what is the hole size for your net? I'm thinking it may be too coarse
It is netting that goes across the pond to stop birds and little people, heron (I believe as have a local one) didn’t see the netting and went for bird, I found netting in pond and fish in the pond bit lifeless. Wasn’t a net I use to catch the fish.
 
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Ugh... that poor fish. I applaud your attempt to save it. I think I would be tempted to put it out of it's misery. If it survives, it will be a miracle fish!
I really hope it pulls through just don’t have the heart to put any animal down, still swimming about and eating, good signs from a nursing view lol.
 
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Thanks for the extra photo, it does look a lot less red/streaky with different light so hopefully that means it's not as bad as I thought. That is a very intense looking wound, but maybe the fish will have a full recovery as long as you keep the water quality pristine and it doesn't develop any bacterial or fungal infections.
Fish is about 14cm long so you can imagine size of the wound - had to google fish anatomy and I think it has missed any vital organs. It’s still swimming about, has its quiet moments tends to stay at bottom but then container isn’t very deep prob double his height, idea was to limit amount of moving he does.
Take out and replace some of the water each day to try and keep it clean, fingers crossed he may survive.
Thanks for checking him out.
 
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I don't see acute signs of infection and the white stuff looks like it could be healing. He's lucky he's in your care.

To prevent heron strikes, your net needs to be taunt at least a foot over the pond water.
 

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Ouch!! :eek: That fish is lucky to have survived. I have seen photos of fish who heal fully after a large injury, so hopefully it'll be ok...
 
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Ouch!! :eek: That fish is lucky to have survived. I have seen photos of fish who heal fully after a large injury, so hopefully it'll be ok...
I’m hoping, @Becky , he seems to be a bit quieter today but still moving about.
 

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Oh My! Please keep us informed. That little guy is a hurtin. Hope he knows how much you are trying to do for him. I lost 4 of my fish from last year, all with names. Sounds silly but you can tell we are Pond/Nature People.
 
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Oh My! Please keep us informed. That little guy is a hurtin. Hope he knows how much you are trying to do for him. I lost 4 of my fish from last year, all with names. Sounds silly but you can tell we are Pond/Nature People.
@Donna Saverino MI didn’t want to name him at first but, Sparky is still going and noticed he is moving about more today, tomorrow will be 14 days since he was attacked, that’s got to be a good sign
 
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