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richlovesboys 08-21-2007 10:07 AM

guppies nipped tail
he got his tail nipped by a male betta which i put with 5 guppies in a 5 gallon tank for about an hour whilst being ignorant of warnings against this, sorry!

He is a delta guppy with his tail looking like leopard skin, still young - new fish yesterday.

He seemed ok and i thought he would recover fine as it hadn't reached the base of his tail but then his fellow guppies have been trying to nip his fins all day and he slumped to the bottom, so i have put him in a 2 gallon tank on his own. He is now swimming around fine and eating and i have added stress zyme to the water. should this be ok? and how long will i need to leave him there as i was cycling this potentially 6 gallon tank for breeding betta (which is a completely different story!!!)

It is however fully cycled water now, as i got rid of that water and put in 2 gallons from my bigger tank.
I hope he will be ok, but i would really like a quick recovery as I would like to breed the betta asap.

Falina 08-21-2007 12:35 PM

Plenty of small PWCs and a mild dose of melafix should sort him out.

Picklee 08-21-2007 02:45 PM

Yup. WCs should be every day, re-dosing the Melafix.

richlovesboys 08-21-2007 03:47 PM

ok ill get the melafix tomorrow. Could i put him back into the tank with the rest of the guppies, or will they be likely to pester him too much? Or could i house him in a breeding net, or a large polythene bag, within that aquarium - or would the melafix then not be good for the rest?

i say this because i intended to have the male betta conditioned, breed, and eventually live in the isolation tank that the guppy is in, and i have had to put him in temporarily with apple snails, a young angel and two young dwarf gouramis, all of which he isnt taking a liking too, flaring his little chin flap every time they come past and chasing them about.

If i could put the guppy back in the tank - 5 gallons with 4 other guppies - then i could put the betta on his own again.

Picklee 08-21-2007 07:23 PM

He'll likely be further stressed and that would defeat the purpose of the Melafix. Just treat him for several days, and then you should be able to put him back with the other guppies.

richlovesboys 08-22-2007 11:24 AM

would adding tonic salts be good too?

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