Guppy With Torn Tail

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Guppy with torn tail
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:52:21 PM »
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Hi all i have had a guppy in a tank on his own now for a month doing water changes every other day. I have tried salt and medications and even stress coat, but his tail will not heal and grow back. The rip is like a v shape. I am thinking is he just old and it will never grow back. Any suggestions would be a great help. He do spend a lot of time on the bottom but is not sick and still eats very well.

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Re: Guppy with torn tail
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 08:00:03 PM »
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Does the split have nice straight edges or ragged edges? Nice straight edges is usually physical damage and it usually repairs itself with time. Though if he is old, it may not heal. Ragged edges is usually fin rot, which may heal itself with lots of water changes though sometimes it meeds an antibacterial medication.


How hard is the water? Guppies are hard water fish, and if your water is soft it could affect the healing process.

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Re: Guppy with torn tail
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 07:20:25 PM »
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Nice clean edges sue, I think the others nipped him. It goes like a v shape and then squares off. My water is dGH  10 so I am thinking it's age and won't heal.

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Re: Guppy with torn tail
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 12:47:07 AM »
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As long as the water quality in your main tank is good, I would be tempted to put him back in there and use some of the time you had been putting into doing waterfall changes on that into upping the water change frequency on the main tank instead. I have personally never had to treat or remove a fish with a fin tear to prevent fin rot.

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Re: Guppy with torn tail
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 07:11:29 AM »
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Thank's matt but do you not think the other guppy's will keep fin nipping him and make it worse. I do two 50% water changes per week on the main tank, a gravel clean on sunday's and just a straight water change on wednesday's.

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Re: Guppy with torn tail
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 10:25:41 AM »
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As far as I'm aware they are not know for nipping each others fins... might be worth a try...

He could have damaged his find another way e.g. on the heater or decor

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