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Operation: Angelfish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 20, 2014 09:30 AM
What do you do when a Scribbled Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus duboulayi) has a bowel obstruction? Marine breeder Chad Vossen saved his friend's fish with surgery. We share this inspiring story of true dedication for the fish we keep.
Operation: Angelfish

The Scribbled Angelfish, all stitched up.

Chad administers oxygen to reverse the anesthesia.
Chad administers oxygen to reverse the anesthesia.

An Angel for an Angel


Chad (of Vossen Aquatics) brought the distressed Scribbled Angelfish to Lexington Pet Clinic (Minnesota).  Veterinarian Dr. Kizer performed the surgery after the X-ray identified a rock lodged in the angelfish's intestine.  The procedure took approximately an hour in which the fish was out of water and anesthetized.

Chad pitched in by assisting with the anesthesia and administering oxygen to his fish.  Not surprisingly, Chad found his hands-on participation "definitely a great experience."

We're happy to report the angelfish made a full recovery and is doing well.

The whole surgery cost $500 to save a fish that usually retails for less.

Amazing owner.  Amazing friend.  Amazing vet. 
Simply amazing story!

X-ray shows the intestinal obstruction
X-ray shows the intestinal obstruction

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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