Guppy fins nipped.

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As some of you probably know I have 5 male guppies in a 7.5gal tank. I've had them for 4 weeks now, and I have noticed that one of them (Spike Lee) has had his tail fin nipped. At the start of the week (Monday) I noticed a few small nipps, but by today (Friday), he has quite a few nipps in his tail and I'm getting kind of worried. :-\ It doesn't seem to be bothering him at all, he is quite lively and swims with the others around the tank. I have never actualy seen any of the others nipp him, but I check them before I go to school, and I am often with them when I get home, until I go to bed (They are in my bedroom so I always see them). But, I don't know what happens when I am at school, and I'm worried about him and wondering who it could be. :-\

I often see them following him around the tank, but none of them ever try to nipp him. None of the others are nipped either. Can I do anything to help him? Why could they be nipping him?

You can see in the pic below below what I mean.

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P.S. - I don't have a Q tank at the moment, so I can't move him from the tank or anything.
 

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Could it be that it's a fin rot?
 

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That would be finrot. I use Jungle Fungus Clear tank buddies...it got Mist through a horrible battle with finrot plus an injury to the fins just as he was recovering...you've probably heard the story. Melafix is supposed to be really good too, I haven't tried it yet. It's all natural.
Of course you should get a q tank asap, but in the mean time don't panic since finrot isn't overly contagious. You want to start treating immediately since the case is already getting advancing. Don't be fooled if the sick Guppy is acting totally normal...a lot of fish don't seem to care about finrot, even if it's like killing them.
Before you treat test your nitrates. Poor water quality is the cause of finrot 99% of the time. (I'm not saying you have poor water quality or anything) If you water is fine, I'd guess the disease was triggered from nipping between the Guppies--he got nicked in the tail, and it got infected. I'd do a nice big water change like right now, just to keep it extra clean. Also raise the temp to 82-3 F.
One last piece of advise, don't totally panic like I did. Fish rarely die of finrot, unless you do nothing to treat it. I have seen a lot worse finrot than your Guppy, and on much less hardy fish, but I have yet to see a fish die of it.
 
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OK thanks Omorrokh. I have Melafix with me already, and I did a water change yestaerday. I also tested yesterday :

Ammonia - 0
NitrAte - 10
NitrIte 0
PH - 7.2

The temp of the tank is at about 82 'F already - I raised it yesterday.

Is it OK to use the Melafix in the tank with the others in the tank too?

I will be getting a Q tank soon, and will get it cycled asap. If the Spike Lee hasn't healed by then I might move him to the Q tank when I get it.

Thanks for all the tips.

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Well, your water quality is great, so his tail must have gotten nipped or something and it got infected. Melafix won't hurt the other fish.
When you get the filter for the q tank, you can just stick it in the main tank for a week or two--then you don't have to cycle the q tank from scratch.
 
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Ok thanks. I will start adding the Melafix today.

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Let us know how it works.
 
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I added the Melafix yesterday, like I said. On the bottle it says:

"As a Disease or Wound Treatment: Add 5ml for every 40L of water. Repeat dose daily for 7 days followed by a 25% water change. Treatment can be continued if necessary",

so I will let you know how he is doing after 7 days.

Again today he seems fine, so I'm not worried to much.

Thanks for your help.

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Keep an eye on his fins. You'll need to keep treating until the damage has stopped progressing and the fins have started regenerating. If they are not growing back yet after 7 days, you'll need to keep treating...I don't know if you can just do say a big water change and continue treating, or just leave the medication in the water, or if you have to remove it all and start over. Finrot can take quite a while to start healing, I'm not sure how you continue treating after 7 days with Melafix.
Hope he gets better. oh also let me know how well Melafix works.
 
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Thanks. I will keep a close eye on him and keep posting to tell you how he is doing. Still he seems fine and eating normaly. ATM it doesn't look like it's getting worse, but it is hard to tell. It is worse than it was in the picture I showed you, but I guess it will get worse before it gets better. :-\

I will let you know how the Melafix works. My mum hates the smell, but I personaly think it is OK, and can cope with it.

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Hi Gwenz,

How are your guppies doing? Hope the fins have started to grow back.

Keep us posted.
 
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Well, Spike Lee is still swimming around and eating, so that is OK. His fins don't seem to be growing back yet, but that might not be for a while anyway, I don't think.

I just realised today, that in the filter there is a section which holds Cartridge with supplementary filter material. The box says that in there, there is carbon, zeolite, etc. Should I take this out, while using the Melafix?

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Yeah you need to remove the carbon or it will adsorb all the meds.
 
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Ok thanks I'll make sure I do that asap. I don't know why I forgot to do that. No wonder I haven't been seen much change in his health. :

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Remember that any meds you previously added are probably gone. You'll need to start medicating from day 1 after removing the carbon.
 
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OK thanks. I took out the carbon and did a water chnage because I hadn't done one for a while, and then I added the Melafix.

One problem though, when I did the water change, somehow I forgot to add the dechloronator.  :-[ As soon as I'd realised I put some straight into the tank water.  :-\ Is this OK? Could it harm my fish in any way?  ???

I don't know If it has hurt them in any way, but afterwards they were all swimming at the surface.  :-\ They have stopped doing this now and are swimming normaly again, but do you think i've harmed them? If so, what can I do to help them?

(Sorry, thought I'd ask here so I don't have to start another post)

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Guppy is attacking other fish!

My guppies are starting on my gourami (honey gourami). My fish are mostly guppies, so i am thinking of schooling my gourami into 2 or 3 as i only have the one. Is this the best thing to do, or what else should i do?

My fish setup isn't new, but it has had a previous owner, my nitrate is 0 so i am wondering if this is a good thing? my ph and other levels are good. I have 7 guppies all male, and 1 gourami. All of these fish were put in today at the same time. My tank is a hexagon shape and is about 70-75 litres which is said to be about 20 gallons according to the calculator on this site. I have an external 105 fluval filter. So what other fish would be reccomended with this setup? I was thinking on adding a african silver cichlid, is this wise? Also what larger fish would be safe with the current fish?

Thank you.
 

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I'm a little confused, did someone merge pauliface and Gwenz's posts?

Gwenz--it could have harmed your fish, but hopefully not. Any contact with chlorine is bad. There's nothing you can really do about it now though. Hopefully they will be ok. I'm not sure why they were swimming at the top, maybe it was because of the chlorine. They should be alright since you added dechlor right away.
 

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Sorry i merged my message accidently in this post.
 
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Ok thanks Omorrokh. They all seem fine now anyway.

Spike Lee's fins do not seem to be getting any better. I know this is probably because I forgot to take out the carbon so the Melafix didn't realy work. :-\ Do you think now that the carbon is removed, could he start to get better?

I'm getting quite worried about him now. :-\

thanks

Gwenz
 
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