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Frayed fins
« on: February 16, 2017, 08:47:55 PM »
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Hey everyone, I came back from my two nights away to find all my fish alive and happy, but then just now as I was feeding them I noticed my albino corys have frayed fins i will attach a picture.

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 08:49:44 PM »
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Sorry bad picture here's a better one

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 09:01:26 PM »
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Good to hear that your fish have survived for a few days, sorry to see your cory fin looking a bit tattered.
Is it the same for all of your cories?
Is there anything that they could have damaged the fins on?
I don't have much experience with this sort of thing, but if it is fin rot (bacterial infection) it would be worth doing quite a large partial water change first - 25% or so.
I would then wait until one of the more experienced keepers can point you in the right direction, because if it is fin rot there are so many treatments and I don;t know which would be the best for your cories.
If it is injury or fin rot it is all very treatable, so please don't panic.
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Re: Frayed fins
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 10:17:48 PM »
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Hi little fish  :wave: I was worrying away thinking I'd come home to some sort of problem but was relieved to see them all just acting normal as if I'd never been gone, I was stressed but they wasn't  :)
I only noticed one at first last night but then I looked closely and they all seem a bit frayed like the picture my tetras fins are fine just the cories.
 I have a coral ornament and a plastic plant that could possibly be a bit rough but these have always been in the tank so I'm not too sure the corys seem happy enough but just thought I should check, so much too learn!

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 11:01:25 PM »
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Sorry to read about this, @fish-friends. The best "treatment" you can provide is scrupulously keen water ie ensuring that ammonia and nitrite are/remain at 0 and nitrates under 20 (or no more than 20 above whatever your tap water reading is for nitrates). Do more frequent/larger water changes if necessary to achieve this. Even if the readings are at this, it would do no harm to do 10% water changes daily or every other day, to retain optimum water quality.

If the cories' behaviour and appetite is otherwise normal, I wouldn't medicate yet. If, however, it starts to change or the fraying starts to deteriorate and look worse, then you may want to consider some treatment - Melafix is a mild treatment which oughtn't to have an adverse effect on other fish inhabitants (it's rather like a disinfectant) or eSHa 2000 is a stronger treatment but best only to treat the affected fish and thus in a quarantine tank. However, for now, I wouldn't go down the medication route, as hopefully optimum water quality will resolve the issue.

Hope that helps.

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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2017, 03:04:58 PM »
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Thank you for your reply, I had done my weekly water change on Friday my ammonia & nitrite is at 0 but I have took your advice and just done another water change, they are being there happy cory selves so I will just keep a close eye on them keep the water changes daily for a few days and hope there little fins improved  :)

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2017, 03:07:55 PM »
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Great to hear that they are doing well.  :)

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 04:36:19 PM »
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Yes they seem happy, whenever I do a water change they seem to like to go around the tank inspecting it all as if it's all new   :fishy1: :fishy1:
been sat watching them for too long now, I think I should maybe stop looking at my fish and go do some jobs!

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