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JordynMurdock 10-07-2011 04:52 PM

Black Skirt Tetra - one has a bite mark...
 
One of my Black Skirts has some sort of bite mark on the lower part of its body. It is pretty red because I think it happened this morning while I was in class. I have had only 3 Black Skirts in the tank because I am currently in the end of cycling it. I actually just went to the store and bought 3 more Black Skirts. When I went to acclimate them, that is when I noticed the bite. I noticed the 3 this morning chasing each other around and maybe they got a little too rough. Now that there are 6 total in the tank, I'm hoping that it will eliminate some of the fin nipping. My 3 starter ones' fins are a little nipped up. So should I be worried about the one who has a bite in him? He seems to be swimming fine around with the others. Should I just let it heal? I added a tiny bit of salt to the tank today (recommended by the fish lady to neutralize my pH a little) I also learned that after I got home that the salt might also serve to heal the fish wound.

ladayen 10-07-2011 09:25 PM

Neutralize the PH? erm.. I call BS on that one. It may help with the healing though. What kind of salt did you add?

Yes skirts aka Black Widow tetra need to be in shoals of 6+ or they will likely be quite aggresive. Keeping the water clean is the best thing you can do for the injured fish.

JordynMurdock 10-07-2011 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by ladayen (Post 854218)
Neutralize the PH? erm.. I call BS on that one. It may help with the healing though. What kind of salt did you add?

Yes skirts aka Black Widow tetra need to be in shoals of 6+ or they will likely be quite aggresive. Keeping the water clean is the best thing you can do for the injured fish.

Yeah I looked at her a little weird when she said neutralize the pH..but yeah I added a little bit of the salt that was at the fish store to the tank. I did not buy it, she gave me a little bit in a baggy so I am unsure of the type. My tank is always clean so I hope it will just heal soon. I feel bad for the little guy :(

How long should it take to heal the wound? It was a pretty big chunk that was taken out of his underside. Should it heal quick?

ladayen 10-07-2011 10:18 PM

I would guess around a month. Tough to say much though without a picture. Also assuming no infections or fungus sets in.

Romad 10-08-2011 06:46 AM

Can you isolate the injured fish in a sep. tank for now? Your best bet is going to be constant water changes and that would be easier to do in a small tank.

Good luck - I hope he heals well.

JordynMurdock 10-08-2011 11:52 AM

I dont have any other tank readily available. :/
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Byron 10-10-2011 01:32 PM

Fin nipping is common, but I haven't come across actual bites of flesh like you mention. Still, is possible. Another possibility is an internal hemorrhage of some sort, cause unknown, I've seen this. Or some sort of ulcer on the skin. I never treat for these, as without knowing what it is, medications can make things worse.

Clean water is the best remedy. Regular water changes, good water quality. While minimal salt may (or may not) help, I would not use more. Salt in itself is stressful, though this tetra is one of the more robust; still, further stress is further stress. Assuming there are no other soft water species in the tank.

And salt has no connection to pH. Salt is something that does not belong in a freshwater fish tank, except as a specific remedy and then only with certain fish that can tolerate it.

Byron.

JordynMurdock 10-10-2011 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 856912)
Fin nipping is common, but I haven't come across actual bites of flesh like you mention. Still, is possible. Another possibility is an internal hemorrhage of some sort, cause unknown, I've seen this. Or some sort of ulcer on the skin. I never treat for these, as without knowing what it is, medications can make things worse.

Clean water is the best remedy. Regular water changes, good water quality. While minimal salt may (or may not) help, I would not use more. Salt in itself is stressful, though this tetra is one of the more robust; still, further stress is further stress. Assuming there are no other soft water species in the tank.

And salt has no connection to pH. Salt is something that does not belong in a freshwater fish tank, except as a specific remedy and then only with certain fish that can tolerate it.

Byron.

So since I added a little bit of salt, will that just taper off as I do water changes or will it naturally fade away?

Byron 10-10-2011 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by JordynMurdock (Post 857082)
So since I added a little bit of salt, will that just taper off as I do water changes or will it naturally fade away?

It will reduce as you change the water. That will be OK here.

JordynMurdock 10-10-2011 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 857127)
It will reduce as you change the water. That will be OK here.

Okay, perfect! Thank you for the help! How often are you online here on TFK, Byron? You have helped me in many of my threads, and I am thankful!


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