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santor 02-03-2010 02:37 PM

Hell in an aquarium
I got a 16gal bowfront last year. Got a nice standard gold angelfish and a few months later a smoky blue-blushing lace veil or superveil. I also got a few dither fish and what I thought were spotted or leapard cory cats from walmart. Well the cory cats turned out to be synodontis eupterus (which get up to 8"). Also about this time some of my fish started showing camallanus worms, the worst case being Spaz, my smoky angel. It took me a long time to find some levimisole, ordered it from Great Britain. And it did not get rid of the worms, very resistant. Finally got some Panacur (fenbenzadole) from my vet and after 5 days of treatment, the camallanus worms are gone. Unfortunatley, the worm problem affected Spaz's dorsal fin. It ended up so bent it would tear when he tried to raise it and greatly hindered his swimming. His dorsal and anal fins were each twice the height of his body, his tail is a little longer than his body.

I finally got my 72gal bowfront set up and moved my poor overcrowded fish there. I trimmed the dorsal by 2/3. It was bent so badly it would tear when he raised it and hindered his swimming. The anal was trimmed to even his swimming and keep the dorsal from regrowing too quickly.

He is much happier, and swims much better, and he loves raising his much shorter dorsal.

The two angels are a breeding pair. They love to show me their eggs when spawning, but get very defensive when anyone else goes near.

The synodontis eupterus love the new tank as well and get along peacefully with the other fish and each other.

Angel079 02-03-2010 02:41 PM

Good Lord!!! I thought I had headache on my latest 55 set up but reading this all now gee.... I'm sure happy for you, you managed all this without any losses or further harms, thumbs up for that.
Oh And Welcome to the Forum :-)

santor 02-03-2010 02:44 PM

Thanks muchly! I spend a lot more time looking at the aquariums than watching TV, nice change for me. :)

bearwithfish 02-03-2010 02:47 PM

wow i am glad everything is getting better.. you have some lucky fish there with such a caring owner... i have a question as you have certainly piqued my curiosity how do you trim a fin? and will they in fact grow back healthy? ok more than one question LOL but i am interested i have no need to perform such a task and would be very hesitant if the need arose but knowledge is key is it not???

santor 02-03-2010 03:52 PM

Fin Surgery - Fin Trimming
I have performed fin surgery or fin trimming on guppies, bettas and angelfish. Never had probs with other fish.

First, look at the fish and decide where you want to cut before taking it out of the aquarium.

Prepare your equipment.

I used Glad clingwrap as a drape to keep his skin moist and protect the mucus layer. I also used a folded wet paper towel outside of that to keep his eyes covered, kept him calm.

I sterilized my tools with alchohol. On guppies and bettas, I used a new xacto blade like a scalpel. On the angelfish I used very sharp titanium scissors. Make sure the blade or the scissors are very sharp, no nicks. If the scissors are not sharp enough, you will cause crushing damage, which will delay or distort healing.

Spread the fin out to natural full extension and then cut as planned.

I sterilized the cut edges with iodine. Make sure you rinse the iodine away from the gills and eyes as they can be damaged by iodine.

Then I slipped him out of the clingwrap into his new aquarium. I dosed the tank with melafix and pimafix as a preventive. After 2 days, the fins have already regrown almost 1/16th inch.

Older fish may not regrow fins as quickly or as much, and if only cutting a little, should be fine.

I am slow dues to disabilities, so replies may take time...

iamntbatman 02-03-2010 05:12 PM

I'm not sure that fin amputation surgery is really the best course of action for the vast majority of fishkeepers. Fins do regrow with time. I think removal of the cause of the injury, clean tank water and sometimes anti-bacterial or anti-fungal medications work wonders when it comes to repairing damaged fins. I'm not a vet, so I'd never attempt any sort of surgery on my pet unless there was clearly no other option.

santor 02-03-2010 05:16 PM

I agree, surgery should be a last resort. Spaz needed the surgery as his fin would tear when raised. I waited until the camallanus worms were gone before surgery was done.

Mean Harri 02-03-2010 06:32 PM

Good for you. I don't know I would even try to do fin surgery. I'd probably hack my finger tip off before getting to the fin. And I have many a scar on my hands to prove it.

bearwithfish 02-03-2010 09:12 PM

thank you for letting me know as stated i was simply curious ... as for slow response time no issue.... i have much experiance (first hand) with being very slow...

stephanieleah 02-03-2010 10:14 PM

what a beautiful story, I love to hear happy endings. It's not always so in the real world : (

and the thought of surgery on a must have very steady hands and a delicate touch. good for you : )

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