9 yo Catfish (2) fins look tough suddenly

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by ToolaRoola, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

    Hey! Y'all helped me years ago with one of these very fish! <3! I have noticed a couple of months after buying a Pleco (first new fish in years & years) that my catfish fins look a bit broken and separating. They are acting as happily as ever. WWYD? I'm being more vigilant with water changes.
     
  2. hampalong

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    What kind of plec? Some of them are very territorial, especially towards other catfish.
     
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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

    I asked for a bristle nose, but, this has grown somewhat bigger faster than I thought it should & it looks more regular :(. I suspected that at first, but would that cause splitting/ separation in the fins as well? One whisker is shorter on the smaller catfish and the upper tail fin is shorter, but the top fun on backs are now beginning to do this splitting bit. Thanks for your help!
     




  4. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Any pics.
     
  5. hampalong

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    If it's a Common they can be relentless in their attacks. With more aggressive Syno spp the tables can also be turned. I introduced a Common to a Syno angelicus and the Common had it's fins totally shredded overnight. Fins are very easily shredded by rough armour and/or spines...
     




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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

    Thank you, hampalong. What does one do with an unwanted Pleco? Do pet stores (Petco) take them back?
     
  7. hampalong

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    We don't have Petco in the UK. You'd have to ask them I suppose...
     
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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

    I called...They will take it back. :) THANKS!

    If I could figure out how to post pictures, I would.
     
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  11. hampalong

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    Corys. Not sure why I assumed you had a Synodontis. ???
     
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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

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    that's ok. I've lost track of the names. Sorry. These are about 9 years old. So tiny when we got them.

    Pleco is hiding. This last picture is the one I wanted to post the most. This is the smaller of the 2, and is also missing a front "whisker".

    Water was tested recently by the shop and check out great.
     

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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

    When seeing the pictures, do you think it looks more like a rot type of problem, or bullying? I suppose it is hard to say. Pleco and tetra fins look fine. TIA!
     
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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

    Just saw him go after the small Cory. Thanks.
     
  15. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    There's not a lot of damage there. How big is the tank? It could just be being slightly territorial without trying to do real damage, especially if the tank is on the small side.
     
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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

    Oh, ok. It's a 10 gallon.
     
  17. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Probably due to waterquality.
     
  18. hampalong

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    Possibly, especially in such a small tank. But it's also physically too small for Corys, or a plec. With them together it could just be accidental damage. There isn't much room for the Corys to avoid the plec's movements, especially at night when they can't see very well. You don't really want a plec brushing past you....
     
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    ToolaRoolaNew MemberMember

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    This is the pleco. He is not a bristlenose, right? Sorry, this is the best pic I can get. He's very peppy and busy until I come around.

    Sorry it's sideways.
     
  20. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, it is a Bristlenose
     




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