If you've read my posts before, you might know Kevin. He's an orange balloon molly, and the sole reason I got into fishkeeping. I swear, he has more personality than any other fish I've ever seen. He's the boss of his little 26g tank and I always told myself that I need to prepare for when he dies. Livebearers don't live very long... Well this morning, I found him squished up against the fitler intake. I used to have this problem when I first started fishkeeping. The intake had broken off of the used filter, and I figured putting a panty hose over the gaping hole would protect my fish from harm. I lost two fish to that filter. After replacing the filter, I haven't had any problems. My guess is Kevin's long, flowing fins and curious nature got him stuck there. I turned off the filter right away, crying my eyes out. That might sound stupid. It's just a little $3 balloon molly, after all. But if you think that, you've never met Kevin. ALL my friends and family know Kevin. He's the only fish in the tank that swims up against the glass to greet us. So his death was heartbreaking. PLOT TWIST. EXCEPT HE WASN'T DEAD. Kevin, who decided to fight for his life after five seconds of floating, began to kick and thrash until he was able to swim again. Now he's slowly exploring the tank with his injuries. From what I can tell, it's not too severe. One of his pectoral fins, which are very long and flowy, must have been what got him stuck. It's bent against his body and he doesn't appear to move it very well. He swims normal with one fin, but as soon as he tries steering he gets a little unbalanced. The hole side of his body what was against the intake seems to be "flat", which could just been from being stuck for who knows how long. It's already looking a little better, so I think it'll puff back out in a few hours. Does any of this seem severe? I'm trembling right now. I don't want to lose my Kevin! Please help us! Will he recover? Should we purchase a hospital tank and separate him? The tankmates are leaving him alone (other livebearers and a school of black skirts) because he's the boss of the tank. Seriously, they leave him alone no matter what. If he wants to school with the tetras, they let him. Bullying isn't really a problem if he needs time to recover.