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Today I was doing a water change (it had been about 2 weeks, I know that’s bad), so I did a 75-80% water change to try something differently. Since I was doing a water change that big, I decided to put my 3 guppies in another container. When I finished, and put them back, I noticed that one of my guppies ( tequila sunrise) had a split down his tail, it was so random because when I put him in the container, his tail was just fine. He previously also had tail rot but recovered, or I think he did. I’m not sure how to fix it, help!!
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Hello, I'm a beginner so I don't know a whole lot, but I'm guessing he either got nipped by the others (being in tighter quarters) or it snagged on something during the transfer. Like I said I'm a beginner so you might want to get a second opinion. but it will probobly grow back in a little while. I have had a few guppies that have had splits in thier tails as well, they eventually grew back. He is a very pretty guppy! :)
 

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Hello, I'm a beginner so I don't know a whole lot, but I'm guessing he either got nipped by the others (being in tighter quarters) or it snagged on something during the transfer. Like I said I'm a beginner so you might want to get a second opinion. but it will probobly grow back in a little while. I have had a few guppies that have had splits in thier tails as well, they eventually grew back. He is a very pretty guppy! :)
Thank you!! I’ve never seen anything like this happen before so I got a little worried haha
 

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I agree that he was nipped, you can also see some damage at the end of the fin in the shape of another Guppy's bite. I've had Guppies nip fins before when moved from their main tank into smaller quarters. You should consider adding some Stress Coat+ to the water. That will help the fin regrow faster and more cleanly.

Also, don't change more than 50% of the water at once. If you change more than that, the parameters from the new water can be different enough from the water the fish were in before that it can cause the fish to go into shock, which is dangerous for them. The longer you've gone without a water change, the bigger difference the new water will be from the old water and the more likely the fish are to go into shock if you change a bunch of the water at once. The pH, hardness, and nitrogenous waste changes can all cause a fish to go into shock. So large water changes can actually be especially dangerous after a long time without one. If it's been months since a water change and you suddenly do a larger (over 50%) change, the fish can even be killed from the shock. Instead of doing large water changes after a long time without doing them, you should instead do 10-15% water changes each day for a few days. That will prevent the fish from going into shock. It will also mean that the fish can stay in the tank during the water changes, which will significantly lower their stress levels.
 
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