03-29-2012, 09:24 PM
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Destroyed is such a horrible word Byron! The euthanised neon wasn't related to this I just thought the numbers would be important. I bought him and noticed that he had a white spot of discoloration on his tail, he had this for ages and it got bigger as he grew, I did some research but all I found was "if its not harming the fish then it should be fine." One day I woke up and his tail had rotted away but not like the way it does with fin rot, it was passed his fins, into the flesh, and half of his caudal fin was gone, the poor guy couldn't swim properly and I doubt he would have recovered :s
As for the other neons I've seen this behavior a lot but with the other ones it seems more playful, they nudge each other, chase and spin in circles but I have seen beardface with mouth open and biting while doing this. Some of my neons get ick like spots near their mouths from the hit (they didn't get this when I separated them so he must be the big tough guy :P). I have no idea why beardface has more damage on him then the others but like Termato said, he does look like the victim as hes had the most damage and that's what I thought originally, he was completely normal when I bought him.
Maybe he is one of those fish that needs to be in a huge group so he can spread the aggression, just like the fish that have hierarchies.