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doraslilhitman 01-12-2009 09:49 PM

help! ripped fins
i have two common plecos at about 3 and 4.5 inches respectively, and both have fairly ragged fins with significant splits in them. i changed the water and added fungus clear as a precaution, but no visible signs of infection exist, and part of it could be due to nipping from tankmates. will they ever grow back healthy again?

MsFrosty 01-13-2009 01:08 AM

What else do you have in your tank? I have heard of a dwarf puffer nipping at a pleco because they are so docile

onefish2fish 01-13-2009 01:13 AM

keeping good water parameters, removing the problem fish and adding alittle ( i believe its called ) primafix should help heal up your fish

doraslilhitman 01-13-2009 10:40 PM

I have 4 three spot gouramis in the tank but they are all quite docile and mind their own business. When the plecos were much smaller I had a large gold gourami in the tank that picked on EVERYONE and chewed up the plecos bad all the time...quite the bad attitude. then one day the plecos decided they had enough of his abuse and ate him. and i was never exactly sure how that worked out...

thespiff 01-15-2009 03:22 PM

Does it look like anything is nipping their fins? Have you seen them get picked on? Or are they just ragged? It could be your substrate which is tearing up their fins. They spend a lot of time squirming around on the underside of decorations scraping across the substrate.

I have a pleco whose fins were ragged in a tank with somewhat sharp pebbles. I moved him to a tank with play sand, and they grew back in really nicely.

wato 01-15-2009 09:03 PM

normaly plecos fin will get damage from fighting and stuff, but if the fish is healthy the damanged fin grows back in now time~

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