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    Hey guys. My wife's fish is in our planted 30 Gallon. I've had the guy for about 8 months and he is declared "owned" by my wife because she loves him and named him Alex lol. I left for a trip to Oklahoma this weekend and was gone for about three days. There is a goldfish, 2 guppies (Pair) and a Siamese algae eater. When I got home Alex had scales ripped off and silver, damaged looking scales. My phone is dead from the trip but here is a picture of a fish with the exact same condition. I started looking up what could have happened, I got tons of different answers from "he's going to die!" to "thats completely normal". I sat in front of the tank and examined the scales. When doing so, i saw that the pregnant female guppie was nipping it exactly where the scales were missing. I removed her and her boyfriend. What should I do about Alex? I don't want to move him to a quarantine because all I have is a 5 gallon quarantine and I don't want to stress him out even more.

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    The algae eater probably did the initial damage to the fish. I would remove the algae eater to a new tank or rehome it. Keep the water very clean with additional water changes and it should heal. Keep a close eye on the fish in case infection sets in. If it does you will need medication.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    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.
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    Agreed that the guppies are just being opportunistic.
    The fish in the background looks like a common plec though, not a Siamese algae eater. Undernourished plecos will attempt to rasp on other fish though. Are you deliberately feeding the pleco anything?

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    I think that the photo the OP posted was not actually his fish, but a found photo of a 'fish with a similar condition'.

    OP, have you had a chance to snap a photo of the fish in question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    I think that the photo the OP posted was not actually his fish, but a found photo of a 'fish with a similar condition'.
    Exactly correct.
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