Trigger jaw broken/dislocated?

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  1. RSnodgrass

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    So my trigger has a pronounced (almost pointed) lump on its left jaw with the peak of it almost looking like a protrusion that could begin to poke out. His mouth now points a bit sideways as a result as well.

    At first I thought a tang slapped him but it's been two weeks... he's still eating fine though.

    Thoughts?
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    So this is pretty common in tamarin wrasses . I have had quite a few over the years that had jaws dislocated. If the jaw bone is not damaged, they sometimes do heal over time like a year or so .
    As long as its eating, I wouldn't try and remove it from the reef . Am more worried about secondary bacterial infection and if it doesn't get infected, it should be fine .
    Honestly, its a situation where you have to just wait and watch . Try to make it as peaceful for it as possible without it being bullied by others if possible.
    Also, I would start feeding smaller softer food like LRS reef frenzy rather than chunks and if possible start including selcon in diet. Not sure it will help but it does boost immunity to fight off infections.
     
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    I have a dwarf golden moray with the same issue since arrive ie 2 years ago. not sure what we can do. as long at they are eating.
     
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    Great info, wish I could just push it back.

    I usually fee my food still frozen... figure this could have been caused one of two ways. He chews the frozen pretty intensely so perhaps that. He also is skittish at times and equally likely he went headlong into the wall at full speed.
     
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    Being skittish and heading into wall can certainly cause it. That’s why may be minimizing stress is important even if it’s a little . Like my tangs are spooked every time my 12 T5s go off and only my Orphek led is on . So I have started switching off the T5s in batches and now they are perfectly normal . Not that you run T5s but just an example to identify triggers fo anxiety and may be if possible reduce it .
     
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    No parent wants to hear this but... your trigger fish may have a problem with chewing tobacco
     
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