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    Question How to repair a fish's fins?


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    I'm new to this site and new to the hobby... I decided to make an account in case I have questions along the way. I figured it's better to ask fish people instead of the idiots on yahoo answers.

    Well here's a dilemma...I posted in the SA cichlid forum as well but I'm posting here as well, for more help.

    I added a firemouth to my cichlid tank last night, and this morning I discovered him being nipped at by the big meanie of my tank (who is ironically the smallest fish, but he's mean). Both the fins on his sides are almost completely gone, and he is unable to swim. He's not upside down, but he just sits at the bottom of the tank getting nipped at, unable to move.

    I moved him to a fishbowl with the tank water for now. Unfortunately, I don't have another heater or filter. Some google searches claim that the fins will grow back...Is this true? How exactly can I help speed it along? What is the humane thing to do in this situation.

    Please help me save him

    thanks,

    Alyssa

    Here is a pic of him now...he just sits at the bottom of the bowl trying to swim. I dropped in a few sinking food pellets but he seems uninterested.

    fm sick.jpg
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    I can't tell from the photo. How badly are the fins nipped? Are they completely gone? Fins will heal over time given good water quality and removal of the aggression factor.

    While you had no choice but to move the fish, the fishbowl is a bad idea. It is unfiltered, and the water quality will degrade rapidly, especially since you've been dropping food in. Have you removed the uneaten food? Your biggest issue right now is fungal infections. Rotting food will cause this to happen very quickly.
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    Thanks for your help.. Unfortunately, he died a few hours later. I wish I had read your reply sooner...poor guy. I won't be adding another FM to this tank in the future because I think my tank is just too aggressive. But wow are they beautiful fish.

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    It happens to everyone at some point. Sorry about your fish.
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    Sorry for your loss. :(

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