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nice pirhana 06-17-2011 03:12 PM

help - will fins grow back here. got a question - will fins grow back? i have some fruit tetra that are 1 1/2 - 2 in long. one of the smaller ones is really aggressive and im thinking about getting rid of it.

this morning i find one of my neons dead and half eaten and 2 others with their fins nearly gone and in a state of shock. i tried to get some easy going community fish this go around so i didnt get any beta or shark. im about to get a couple angels and i dont want any fin nippers.

i'll put up a list of fish i have in my 55 gal tank shortly....any suggestions would be wonerful. thx in advance.

Andarial 06-17-2011 03:50 PM

I don't know about who is the culprit but the fins will grow back as long as the tetra can still swim, I suggest putting some melafix in the water to speed up the healing. There always salt too, but I'm not great at using salt and so never have. I wouldn't be one to ask about it. Melafix is all natural though.

nice pirhana 06-17-2011 08:45 PM

^ thx for the tip....i bought some today - from walmart of all store was closed.

i also picked up some stress coat to calm everyone down too...same company makes it.

anyone else got any tips on what to do or watch for?

Andarial 06-17-2011 08:47 PM

be careful of fin rot, the edges of the ripped fins become slightly transparent or whitish and they start to disintegrate. It usually means poor water quality and means your tank needs a partial water change.

Beaches 06-17-2011 09:54 PM

As Andarial said, I also think they will grow back as long as the damage hasn't gone right down to the base of the fin and there are still enough filaments for regrowth. Also good advice about keeping an eye out so that infection doesn't set in and cause fin rot. Keeping the water quality as good as possible is needed. What are your water parameters BTW? Do you have a Quarantine tank?

How many tetras do you currently have in the tank? Increasing the numbers so they are in a good shoal can often lessen aggression. Fruit tetras are dyed fish and are basically White Skirt Tetras (albino Black Skirts) that have been dyed and I have found Black Skirt Tetras to be normally quite nippy and downright mean at times. Most tetra species can be nippy though.

Littlebittyfish 06-24-2011 04:08 PM

Fins do grow back...Sometimes it takes a little while..You will want to keep your water really clean while it is healing so it doesn't turn into finrot. I have an older betta who is real prone to finrot...I use1 tsp per gallon aquarium salt and stresscoat once it turns into finrot..If it is just a nipped fin or ripped I would just make sure to keep the water clean.If the fins are real short and hes having troubles swimming you may want to put him in a quarantine tank with lowered water until the fins heal a little bit.

Byron 06-25-2011 12:36 PM

I second Beaches. The "fruit" tetra are indeed coloured forms of the Black Skit or Black Widow Tetra, and if memory is serving me correctly they are coloured with dyes, a practice that we do not condone. I would take them back. Aside from this, this species is very nippy with other fish like angels, which you mention you intend to get, and that would be a disaster.

If you are intent on angels, and a 55g is a good tank for them, you should get a group of 5-6. You can read why in our profile, click the shaded name Pterophyllum scalare. It also mentions some suitable and not-suitable tankmates for angels. As Beaches said, when faced with the temptation of angels, many otherwise "peaceful" shoaling fish become nippers. Once has to research carefully.


nice pirhana 07-25-2011 06:34 PM

^ thx for the info. i think im gonna hold off on the angels for a while. after some research it seems there is a little more extra care for them as well as having happy & safe place w/ nice tank mates.

well its been a few weeks and so far so one else has died and fins are growing back. the stress coat did wonders and ppl arent quite as nippy.

ladayen 07-26-2011 11:15 AM

How many of the "Fruit Tetra" do you have? Black Widow Tetra as they are known should be in groups of 6 at least. Not having the comfort of a group can cause stress and frustration and make them more aggresive. Instead of getting more fruits however I would get Black Skirt Tetra or White Skirt tetra. These are the same fish, just not dyed.

MetalArm3 07-26-2011 12:28 PM

On a side note, I recommend buy all 6 at one time. I bought mine in groups of 3 that lead to territorial problems (fin nipping) that has now led to Ich. If you buy them at once however its alot of bioload introduced into the tank at one time but can help curve fin nipping IMO.


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