Wen Trim or Removal

Wen Trim or Removal 2020-08-05T08:24:53-05:00

Wen Trim or Removal is no easy task, but sometimes necessary

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You may already know that the wens of Orandas, Ranchus and Lionheads continue to grow and sometimes they cover the eyes blinding the fish. When this happens, it’s recommended to cut back or trim the wen. The wen is just a growth; much like our hair and fingernails. It continues to grow for the lifespan of the fish. When the wen becomes so large the fish is weighed down, or the nose or the gills are being obstructed, it’s health is at risk

There is very little bleeding with this procedure; if any

Wens infected by parasites or worms

If one of these fish becomes infected with parasites or worms, like the goldfish in the photo above is lightly infected with ich, eliminating them from the wen is next to impossible because of the thickness of the tissue. Salts, even medications cannot penetrate it. The wen provides the perfect breeding ground for parasites. In order to eliminate the parasite; the wen must be removed or cut back as much as possible

The tissue or wen membrane is very thick and sometimes grows close to the head, making it difficult to cut

How to trim goldfish wen

Items you’ll need

Tiny scissors (sharp)
Hydrogen peroxide
Two holding tanks or containers free of contaminants

Sterilize the scissors and your hands using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol

To Catch a Goldfish

Follow this link to learn about anesthetizing goldfish

When the fish has been anesthetized; it’s time for surgery

Wen trim or removal

After the wen is removed or trimmed; dab peroxide on the area with a Q tip; place the fish in the second tub of main tank water; containing ‘no’ clove oil. Swim the fish around with your hands; working the water through the gills until it revives; within moments. Return the fish back to the main tank

Wen trim or removal

To prevent infection; treat main tank  Sea Salt & Garlic Remedy

If you are uncomfortable with this procedure; find a veterinarian. It’s simple and should be affordable

Author: Brenda Rand

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