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post #1 of 7 Old 08-09-2012, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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senegal bichr has red fin

so i noticed that my senegal bichr has a red fin and that one fin is larger than the other. i also havent seen my other senegal in a while. can anyone tell me what this is and what to do?

hes in a 120 gallon with the following fish
1-blood parrot
1-kirin parrot
1-blue gourami
3-congo tetras
2-senegal bichrs (including him)
1-bristlenose pleco
i have 3 canister filters on the tank with 50% water changes. last time i tested (about 3 weeks ago) i got 0,0,5.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-09-2012, 05:53 PM
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Wow.

I don't know, bichir fins are a lot more muscle-y than regular fish fins (to move around, I believe), looks like someone took a chunk out of his fin to me. Could be some sort of inflammation.

Also, I suggest doing a stake-out for the other fish. After lights out sit there with a flash light, some food to lure him out. It's good to see what's going on with both fish.

taking a break from fish-keeping.
3 lovely male betta still keep me company.
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Wow.

I don't know, bichir fins are a lot more muscle-y than regular fish fins (to move around, I believe), looks like someone took a chunk out of his fin to me. Could be some sort of inflammation.

Also, I suggest doing a stake-out for the other fish. After lights out sit there with a flash light, some food to lure him out. It's good to see what's going on with both fish.
its not as bad as this anymore. its faded out to the top of the fin. thats with the flash on too so that makes it look a little worse.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-10-2012, 10:17 PM
I've never heard of anything like this. My first thought is maybe there is ammonia poisoning going on? That can cause red streaks. Check your levels to make sure nothing is where it shouldn't be.

How long has this tank been set up? There is also possibly a fight that may have happened.
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its been up for a month or two but i used cycled filteration. ill test tomorrow. i did see my other senegal today though. its weird bc he has perfect fins.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-11-2012, 10:09 AM
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Not all fish are equal, even in the same species an individual can be way more sensitive than another.
What do you mean by "it's been up for a month or two?" How much?

taking a break from fish-keeping.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-11-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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the tank has been up for a month or two.
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