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post #1 of 4 Old 04-07-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Wich fish do you think is the cause of torn fins?

Ok people dont laugh but I have this 80gal that is kinda of a rescued fish tank(fish that needed a home)Its like the united nation of fish tanks. Generaly every thing is just fine and everybody is super happy.
Put in this long finned koi about a month ago and his fins are all riped up. I have sat in front of the tank for hours and not seen the culprit.
Fish in the tank
1 sarasa goldfish 6inch
1 other koi 9 inch
walking catfish 3-4 inches
1 yellow labido small
Two loaches(not shure the type but they are brown with a black stripe down the head and make clicking noises when chasing each other)
1 spotted synodontis

My best bet is the clicky loaches, what do you guys think?
All the fish exept the long fin koi have been together for over 6 months and never any issues. The sarasa has long fins too and they are fine.
Another couple of week and the koi and goldfish will be in the pond for the summer so the fins will regrow but this is bugging me silly
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-08-2009, 04:11 AM
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Assuming,(always a bad thing) that water parameters are within optimum ranges, It could be the labidochromis? or the synodontis depending on species.In less than ideal water conditions,, it is also possible for bacteria and or fungus to lead to fin rot in some fishes.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-08-2009, 11:39 AM
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I agree with 1077. I keep two sizeable groups of two different species of loaches and they've never taken a bite out of anyone or each other. I'd be inclined to think the lab was the culprit.

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-13-2009, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Aha! I caught the culprit.
It was indeed the clicky loaches. Those little bastards have been up to no good for weeks. The chase each other all the time and click non stop. One of them has developed bright red fins and has a huge tummy (spawning...maybe)
They kick the **** out of any fish that comes too close to their lava rock.
I am moving soon and closed down alot of tanks so I have no other place to keep them. Hope they calm down at some point.
For some time I was shure it was the lab. He is a very nice fish and ignores everybody.
Ah fishy antics!!
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