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cephjedi

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Cephalopod wounds and infections have been successfully treated in my lab and the NRCC by injecting food items with a few ccs of chloromycetin HCL. Some vets have a form of Chloromycetin for cats, but the kind you need to get comes in an injection vial as a powder that you add purified water to. Trouble is, this stuff isn't easy to come by. You will have to convince a veterinarian to write a prescription (or possibly order it for you) and then the trick is finding a pharmacy that can get it- the only one in my area (Suburban Washington DC) was a hospital. I found working the Jedi Mind Trick on my Veterinarian was easy- she was more than delighted to add an octopus to her dossier of patients.

For butt burn it worked like a charm. The gaping gash never healed up, but the infection was halted and the cuttle lived out a reasonably normal life. Cuttlfish in captivity are also prone to a cateract-like infection of the eye, which eventually leads to blindness. Cholormycetin will slow the advance of the infection, but can't seem to stop it. I had a cuttle lose sight in one eye, which severely affected it's depth perception. For the last couple month of it's life, that particular cuttlefish had to be handed it's food. It couldn't target even a dead, frozen shrimp lying on the sand.

At the NRCC, I understand that often important project animals are commonly prophylactically protected against infection with this medication.

Good Luck! Jimbo
 

Nancy

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Thanks, Jimbo, you've provided us with some very useful information. This is the first time I've heard of this medication being used, and I'll try to find out more about it's use at the NRCC and report back.

Nancy
 

joel_ang

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Jimbo, I'm having that problem, my cuttle's right eye has a cataract ( see thread on s.latimanus). Is this possible to get rid of?
 

shannen74

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Okay, the magnetic tube thingy is called an eco aqualizer. It's pretty new, here's the link:

http://www.ecoaqualizer.com/

The guy marketing them has had mixed reviews, but a couple of the folks I have talked with think they work.

One thing tho, if you install it, you need to monitor your water quality pretty closely, because it increases the efficacy of additives. My friend with a reef tank had a pH spike because he forgot to adjust his calcium reactor when he installed the ecoaqualizer.

Here is a link to reefcentral's discussion on it:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=196868&highlight=ecoaqualizer

Hope this helps,
Shannen
 


shannen74

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Okay, I just read the reefcentral's 5 to 10 pages of discussion on the ecoaqualizer, and I just want to state that I am not trying to troll this list, nor am I working for the company that sells them. Hope nobody is upset or riled up about this, just trying to be helpful. If anyone is genuinely interested in the apparent results the people I know are getting, I will be happy to post them.

Cheers,
Shannen
 

cephjedi

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As of the last time I really looked into the eye infection problem in cuttlefish, there was no solution. Sometimes a cuttle would recover, most often they do not. Other than damaging vision, the cuttles generally remain very healthy. but have to be personally fed.

I hope nobody's getting bent out of shape about the magnet stuff. I don't buy into magnet therapy for anything. But I think if something works for one person, they certainly should not be scolded for sharing.

Rock On, Jimbo
 

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Sad to say I just noticed Trusty is starting to have cataract on its right eye. It is a very sudden onset as two days ago it manages to catch a shrimp in no time at all.

Water wise I have been quite disciplined doing 10-15% water change every week. Trusty used to have butt burn but it has healed completely, you can't see any scar at all, so I thought it must be liking the water conditions enough.

It's 14cm in mantle length now, I hope I could continue to handfeed it long after it is not able to hunt.

:frown: LS
 

Colin

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Sorry to hear that senescence may be catching up with your cuttle... Lowering the temp may slow it down a bit too.
 

L S

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Hi Colin,

I was just thinking that since I got Trusty when it was pretty small 6 months, and that Sp. Latimanus can grow quite big, that Trusty would have another 6 or more months of natural life span.

LS
 

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