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RubyWhisper 04-10-2007 07:58 PM

Finless fish, is there hope?
Good news and bad news.

good news- my dad just aquired a huge saltwater aquarium, and is transferring all ownership and responsibility of his 40 gallon freashwater to me :D It's got a pump and heater and filter and all, great for tropical, even some fish. this is where the bad news features.

bad news- he's got (sorry no scientific names) a good sized silver dollar fish, about 2-3 in hiqh, 2-3 in long, flat. a shark, 4-5 in long black with red fins, eats algae, and a school of scisortails (4 I think) all healthy except the smallest scissortail has litterally no fins.

I want to give it a recovery tank, and for some reason my dad already has a heater, filter, and pump for it. I might be able to get one from my neighbors or the upcoming neighborhood garage sale. My questions will

they grow back?

do they need special help?

would a small companion siscortail benifit the sick one at all?

I am verry worried as he is struggling to stay upright without dorsal and tail (uses the tiny stubs of arm fins) and now vulnerable to more attacks,

please help!

reverendred 04-10-2007 08:11 PM

good question i am also interested inthis. as one of my tiger barbs is missing part of his fin to what looks like nipping. there is no trace of tail rot.

fish_4_all 04-10-2007 08:26 PM

I would say with a lot of TLC and a lot perserverance that there is a chance for it to regrow the fins. I had a betta that got absolutely rip to shreds and regrew his fins. No tail fin and the dorsal fin was gone. They were ripped off by something or one of the fish and actually had blood spots from it. I treated him with Melafix in a very small tank, 2.5 gallon I think. It took 6 weeks for him to get enough fins back to swim properly and another 6 weeks to get his fins back to their full glory.

I would say that isolating it is the best idea as any other fish may take advantage of his condition and eventually kill it.

RubyWhisper 04-10-2007 08:40 PM

Thanks, its so good to know he has a chance! About how many gallons would a 1' high 1' long 4" wide tank be? My dad got one free with his new saltwater and it seems like a good recovery tank. what is metafix, and would it be available at my LFS? I can't wait to get him moved in!

oh and is the 70* the 40 gallon tank is at good, or should it be different for a healing fish?

thanks again!

fish_4_all 04-11-2007 12:25 AM

Melafix or any other medication specifically for helping fish heal their fins should be available from your LFS.

As for the tank size, I would say the small one is a little small for a larger fish. A 5 gallon or even better a 10 gallon would be better so it has room to move around and feel comfortable. Make sure it is cycled so that the ammonia doesn't stress it out even more. I know this is hard but any decoration and a couple cups of the gravel from the main tank will help the cycle. Then I would keep the tank cycled for suture needs.

RubyWhisper 04-11-2007 03:49 PM

I solved the cycling problem by doing a 1/3 water change in the big tank and puting it in the little one along with a decoration. the siscortail is only about 1.5 inches long, so he is not a very big fish. I will pick up some melafix as soon as I can, thanks for your help! :)

RubyWhisper 04-11-2007 04:18 PM

and I just did exact measurements and converted them. it is a 5 gallon tank.

nvmyluv420 04-11-2007 10:12 PM

my angel fish had the same problem just last week. her fins had been nipped at and started growing fungus. i put a single drop of pure melalueca oil in my ten gal. tank with all other fish still there now 5 days later sees healed and then some! this oil is the leading ingredient in melafix but works much faster.

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