Bichir lost one of his barbels

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by SourCream, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. My poor Senegal Bichir lost one of his barbels but he seems to be fine and will it grow back?

    No substrate at all
  2. MissRuthless

    MissRuthlessWell Known MemberMember

    More than likely. My pictus cats have broken theirs many times, and they always grow back except one that bent at the base and had to be cut, and there wasn't enough left for it to grow back. I've seen them regenerate from almost nothing though. Just be sure to keep your water PRISTINE until he's healed, and keep an eye out for white fuzzies or other signs of infection at the break. I use melafix if they get infected and a 3 day treatment always clears up the fuzz.

    Do you know how it happened? I ended up removing a lot of pointless decor from my pictus' tank and moving other things away from the walls to give them more swimming space, and I don't see broken barbels much anymore. They're more relaxed now too without so much stuff touching their sensory organs.

    Good luck!!
  3. OP


    Oh good to know! I don't really know who is the culprit who did this to my "Finn" thanks for your reply:):)
  4. tokiodreamy

    tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember

    Someone on here told me that bottomless is bad for corycats. If it's not scrubbed pristine, it can hurt them. Double check with that though. Coradee
  5. OP


    Wait Im not sure if its a barbel but it does look like one .In the case of cories they can regen barbels but I wonder if my bichir will or will not regen his thingy
  6. slayer5590

    slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    It will grow back if it's not too damaged.

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