Originally Posted by bettababy
Originally Posted by Little-Fizz
The 2nd problem I noticed was an obvious issue with a fungal infection that hasn't been treated yet.
Oh my god the whole sword on my fishes tail is gone :S is that whatever this fungus is? Ugh I feel so bad right now... Like the whole sword is just gone... theres nothing left.... Should I kill the fish? Or put the meds in and hope it works. Will the tail fix itself if the fish survives? Ah... These fish are killing me... Well I guess I'm killing the fish but yeah, I feel super bad about this and I think I waited to long but I have no money whatsoever until tomorrow. I need some serious help :S
Please don't kill the fish, there is no need for that. Most fish have amazing healing abilities if the conditions are right. If the fish are treated with the meds, and then moved to a larger tank, well fed and kept clean... there is no reason why the sword on the tail won't grow back completely. Follow the directions on the meds carefully, and if you can't get them til tomorrow, then so be it, get them tomorrow and start treatment.
As for the future, as I said before, you'll either need to bring your population way down in the 10 gallon or move to a larger tank. Lupin's post about the 8 inch swordtail is possible... but it's also pretty rare. The average swordtail kept in captivity is about 5 inches at full grown.
It's for this reason over any other that everyone should do research before bringing home any fish. Knowing what they turn into is so very important, as well as knowing how they breed, what they eat, what kind of environment they need, etc etc. If you need help in the future with finding accurate info about a species of fish you've found that you like, feel free to post about it here at ff. There are a lot of knowledgable and experienced people here who are always glad to help ID a fish or provide info about it. If you're unsure what something is, bring us a picture and we'll help you to find out.
If you need more help with the swordtails, please don't hesitate to ask.