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  1. Unhappy My Tetra needs HELP! Can someone help us?

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    Hey Everyone,

    I'm new to the site and I first want to say hello!

    I'm dealing with a little crisis! I have a 10 Gallon tank with a Male Betta, 2 Tetras, 1 Cory Catfish, 1 Albino Catfish, 1 Clown Loach, 1 Shrimp, 1 Goldfish and I believe it's a Rainbow Gourami (I'm not 100% sure but it's a rainbow something). All my fish have been getting along, they all swim together and play together. Last night I noticed that my goldfish had been chasing my neon green tetra, he would swim up to the tetra and it look like the goldfish would nip it. The tetra would swim away from the goldfish and the goldfish would chase it. The other tetra would actually go after the goldfish as it was trying to go after the neon green tetra (which I assume it was defending the one that was being picked on).

    After seeing the goldfish constantly chasing the neon green tetra, I captured the goldfish and placed it in one of the floating behavior traps. I looked at my tetra and it had a piece of it's scale on it's right side flapping in the water. I let the tetra be as it was staying in the front of the tank where I could see it. The other tetra I believe was trying to school with it after I captured the goldfish as it would come to the neon green tetra but the neon green tetra did not want to be bothered. So this morning, I noticed that the tetra is still on the same side of the tank but it has been moving around here and there, but it was starting to kinda fall on it's side but than it would pick itself right back up. I noticed that there is a little red spot on it and a little bit of it's scale is missing. I just let the goldfish back out and separated the neon green tetra so it would be safe.

    My question is what can I do to save my tetra and heal it? It was one of my first fish I had and I don't want to loose my tetra .

    I hope someone can help and I thank everyone in advanced for your response.

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    Are you serious about all those fish or are you trolling? Do you mean green neon tetra, or neon green tetra? Assuming you mean green neon tetra, they and the betta are the only fish appropriate for your tank, and the neons need a larger group, they are schooling fish. You would know this if you researched first. If you mean neon green tetra, they too get too large for your tank.
    The only thing you can do for your fish is to keep the water as clean as you can until you can rehome them to appropriate tanks.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything Happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Rules: If you bend them long enough they turn into loopholes and you can walk right through them.

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    Yep... clown loach, 25cm. All sorts of shoaling fish in singles.

    I've heard of breeding traps but what is a behaviour trap?

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    Your tank is very overstocked. You can keep the betta along with one small school of the tetras, as mommy1 suggested. Everything else needs to be rehomed.
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    The likely cause to your problems are severe underlying stocking issues, that may be accompanied by water quality problems.
    You have several species that shouldn't be kept together due to territoriality or water parameter conflicts, you have several schooling species (tetras, cories, loaches)that should be kept in 8+ groups in ones or twos. Alongside that, the gourami and the cories will need a tank 2-3x the size of yours, the goldfish will need a tank 4-15x the size depending on breed and the clown loach will require a tank in that order too. The reason your fish appear to get along could be because they all are young and haven't developed territorial instincts yet, or simply are so stressed that territorial behaviors have been suppressed.
    The behavior of the goldfish towards the tetra may be "acting out" due to stress or if the size difference is great it simply may have been trying to eat the tetra.

    Fixing your stocking will largely prevent such issue from happening in the future. If you could tell us how long you've had this setup, your water parameters And maintenance schedule members here can better give advice that will help you have healthy and happy fish.
    For the future please research anything you want for the aquarium. Fishkeeping really is much, much more complicated than most people realize.

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    Also much much simpler with just a little research.
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    Not to mention a cold water fish with a bunch of tropical fish.

    If you really do love your fish, you need to keep them properly.

    All other concerns aside, to answer your original question....keep the water very very clean and it will heal on its own. If the water is full of waste, your fish will become infected and die. Change out as much of the water as you can, replacing with water of the same temp as your tank, dechlorinated.

    Ideally you should have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and under 20 nitrates....if you have a test kit, keep changing water until it is clean. If no test kit, just change the water several times until you can rehome the goldfish. They produce way too much waste for your tank to handle.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    This tank is even too small for only one goldfish in my opinion.
    No Cory, No Glory !!

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    The issue of goldfish as coldwater fish is a bit overemphasized though. They can and do thrive in a wide range of conditions.
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    Fair enough Aeon, but there are still a lot of issues with a goldie in a 10g. :-P
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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