Tuesday is water change/cleaning day for my oscar's aquarium. When I got home from work, I went in to get things going and discovered Bubba had managed to tear himself up a bit.
He's missing some scales on top and bottom and has some scratches on one side. What I'm guessing is that he was snoozing in his boat ornament and for some reason decided to make himself fit through one of the smaller openings on it instead of through the huge open hole that is its bottom. (I have the ornament on its side so the open bottom is actually available for him to swim in and out of) After my initial surprise, I got as good a look as I could at the injuries. That wasn't easy because the silly guy was zipping and dancing around, figuring he was gonna get fed. It doesn't look nice, but I don't think any of them are too severe. The first thing I did was take out the boat ornament and put in the flower pot I got a little while back. I'd been procrastinating about swapping them, but dang, now I wish I'd done it sooner. I don't think he's too keen on the flower pot (aesthetically, it doesn't look great, but I'm not too concerned about piscene home decor). When I went to feed him this morning, he was in it. I swear he looked at me like "What the hell...o is this???" before zipping to the surface in expectation of his breakfast.
Is there anything special I can/should do to help keep any infection or parasites setting in or to speed his healing? I did the water change and such, of course. He's behaving like his usual self, but I'm gonna worry about him until he's mended.
I tried to get pictures of him, but without a flash and proper lighting, couldn't get any good results.