wound on head?

fishgrrl

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I just finished acclimating and placing my new bimac in the aquarium, and it was the first time I could get a good look at him. Unfortunately, he seems to have a wound on his head. The picture isn't very good; I didn't want to use the flash more than once.

Should I be concerned? Is it serious? Anything I can do? Would it of happened during shipping since there wasn't anything in the bag with him? Or before he was shipped?
 

Jean

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#3
Looks like "butt burn" They get it from crashing into tank walls. Usually if they're stressed and get startled. We've had it a few times and the octis do recover. But that patch never regrows the chromatophores and it stays white. Just be sure your water quality is tip top cos it is a route for bacterial infection.

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Colin

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I think that Jean is right although I have never seen it on an octo before just on cuttles. Perhaps it is a burn from a heater? But the crashing into something sharp sounds right
 

Jean

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Sometimes I see that wound just between the eyes and the arms. Would it be possible to get butt burn there? :?
Theoretically yes, butt burn is where the skin has scraped off. It's very delicate and can abrade really easily.

J
 

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