Should I euthanize my cichlid?

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by Daemonx101, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. D

    Daemonx101 New Member Member

    Hi, I know this is a very sad topic, and even a tougher decision for me, but if I could get some advice, it would really help.

    I've had my first cichlid tank for about 8 months now.
    One of my cichlids sort of fell behind in the growth race, where most of my cichlids are now about 3-3.5 inches (one is practically 4 inches), and he around 2 inches. But he was equally agressive, and was able to fend for himself quite well, was eating fine; nothing seemed to be wrong.

    However the other day I went to feed my fish in the morning and noticed His tail was missing! A small part of his tail remained, but I could see extensions of bone sticking out. I immediately cleaned the tank and
    put him into a second tank (which someone told me was a bad idea, as I can no longer reintroduce him)
    I am a university student so I really don't have a world of time. But I cant stand seeing him like this. (Its been about a week since the incidence.)
    Should I euthanize him?

    Sorry for the long info, but I'm hoping it would give someone a better picture of whats going on. I'd really appreciate the help.
     
  2. crazedACD

    crazedACD Valued Member Member

    If he's already lasted a week, I wouldn't euthanize yet! If he is doing OK, his tail will grow back and he will recover. What is his behavior like, is he eating, swimming around, etc? I wouldn't put him back in the tank, but try and get him to recover and then return him to a fish store (or give him to someone who can care for him) if you can't house him separately.
     
  3. OP
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    Daemonx101 New Member Member

    Thanks for the input. He eats, though very little. When I was taking him out of the tank he really went wild, and was in shock for about 2 days. He has calmed down a bit.
    Unfortunately, I'm really not aware of how to deal with these sort of things. Things were very stable for a long time. Also I'm in university and really can't afford lots of time at the moment. I don't want to end up neglecting it and having it die that way.

    Thanks! I'm going to help him recover as much as I can, and then yes, return him to a fish store.
     




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