My Fish Got Ripped In Half

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by BeanFish, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Stupid me thought my filter intake was not big enough to suction fish but apparently it was. (I lost the part of the intake that had those little grids so basically it was just a big hole)
    My smallest Molly which was doing perfectly fine got sucked into the filter, I freaked out because I couldnt find him and then after 10 minutes of looking around I found his freaking head swimming out of the filter intake!!!
    The fun ended when I saw he was ripped in half tho. I put him in a methylene blue bath to make sure the woudn does not get infected but I am wondering if I should kill him or see if he can make it?
    He literally got ripped in half, he does not have a tail anymore, but he has his internal organs intact and he also has his gonopodium intact. He seems to have trouble moving around tho.
    So, what should I do? Kill him? Or should I see if it heals? Would he be able to live a relatively normal life without his tail?
    I know that if a train ripped me in half I would still want to live, but the fish is a fish not a human, so what should I do?
     
  2. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    A picture maybe?
     
  3. littlemissdiva9

    littlemissdiva9 Valued Member Member

    The tail can grow back but a picture would help
     




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    BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Can the whole tail grow back up? It wasnt only his caudal fin which got destroyed, it was meat and everything.
    He swims around every now and then but he seems to have buyoancy problems, it looks like if he is getting used to his new tailess life. I am uploading a pick now.
     
  5. Tiny_Tanganyikans

    Tiny_Tanganyikans Well Known Member Member

    I have two giant danio that have no tail fin.. I purchased them this way.. they function normally. I guess it depends on the injury.. thiers hasn't even attempted to grow back its just a stump for a tail. I can post a pic when I get home. I've had them for several months with no issues
     
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    BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Ah never mind, he died. I cant believe I was so stupid and did not check the filter the second I saw him missing.
    He was a fighter tho, got out of the filter intake by himself and managed to survive an hour or so, I thought he was gonna make it but now I get him out of the water and he does not move his gills.
    A shame I lost the fish.
     
  7. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Sorry for your loss
     
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    BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    For you guys to give you an idea. Imagine a Molly and then imagine his body dissapears a little after both his gonopodium and dorsal fin.
    I saw him swimming around a little bit and then he passed away it looks like. Maybe too much pain, I tried pumping water into his gills with a syringe, nothing works.
    That stupid part inside of me wants to believe he just passed away from the pain and that he will revive LOL, but I think it is time to bury him.
     
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    BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Ok guys, I took a photo of him and here it is. I am just curious about why he died. Like I know, sure, he got ripped in half, but did he pass out because of pain? Did the fact that his spine got destroyed made him die? I dont know. At least I will have a good memory of him, the fighter fish that got ripped in half and still had will to get out of that filter. Any thoughts on the formal cause of death are appreciated.
     
  10. Tiny_Tanganyikans

    Tiny_Tanganyikans Well Known Member Member

    Sometimes the shock is enough to kill them. I had two bloodfin tetra get sucked through a temporary pvc overflow that I installed while waiting for the acrylic box to be finished. One of them made it, the other one didn't.. and they weren't even injured. I'm not sure why it died maybe it went through backwards or was just jn so much shock. I didn't see any damage or injury to the body or gills. The one that survived was in for much longer too in the prefilter tray of a wet/dry sump unable to move. Hes still alive and thjs was a couple months ago
     
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    BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Makes sense, I cant imagine the stress he suffered. Maybe it was a bad move to move him from the bowl with the methylene blue to the bigger hospital tank altough maybe he just wasnt gonna make it anyways, the fact that those freaking tiger barbs tried to ate his meat while I was getting him out clearly did not help, altough I dont think the barbs were able to get any meat out but they did stress him even more.
    Feels good to know I am not the one with these kind of fish accidents too. And he did got sucked from the tail which is weird, I dont understand, it was so fast and there was no weird sound in the filter.
    Well, he was a cool fish, he ate from my hand and fought till the end, at this point I think I just have to move on.
    I find it interesting that the other Mollys that were in there started acting weird after the fish dissapeared, they were very outgoing and know they just hide between the plants, I will probably have to replace the friend.
     




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