02-14-2010, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Pasfur
I personally do not use salt on Tetra's, only on livebearers and some cichlids. I would think an antibacterial medication is in order, and a Q tank necessary. Whatever you do, do not use anything copper based, as the copper could make things worse at this point.
Honestly, when it comes to situations with a single fish and this serious of damage, you might be best to euthanize the fish and replace it.
By the way, this is a great learning experience. The common pleco has no place in a freshwater community. They only gaze on algae when very small and will become extremely aggressive as they grow. They also place an unbelievable strain on the biological filtration of a system.
He's in the hospital tank now. Reason I didn't euthanize right away is because he looks undamaged (no wounds anyway) except for the tail fin. I'll try some meds. and give him a little time to see if he's going to have a shot at recovery.
I've known for a bit that my Pleco was going back to the lfs but I wish they'd told me how damn big he would get in the first place. They are such awesome fish but agree that they have no place in a peaceful freshwater tank. I custom built him a slate cave so that's prolly saved some aggression up to this point as it's his domain.