Sunset Platy - Skinny And Missing Fin - Melafix

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sunset platy - skinny and missing fin - Melafix
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:38:20 PM »
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hi guys, has anyone come across anything similar, i have a platy that has only one fin ( on the side ) not sure if its been bitten or ben in a fight or has a disease, he has no other marks and his tail is fine , the other fin is fine too.. he seems ok other than he struggles swimming a bit. thanks

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 07:39:45 PM »
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It is possible for a fish to have lost a fin either to being physically removed (eg net damage, aggression from another fish) or disease. Or possibly a congenital condition. I once had a pair of female betta sisters which both lacked fins under their heads, presumably a genetic fault.

If there is no trace of the fin there, it probably won't regrow if it has been physically damaged or infection damaged. But if the fish copes reasonably well without the fin, it should be OK in an aquarium where there are no predators to pick off slower fish.

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 10:34:37 PM »
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I had pygmy cories which lost their fins, for unknown reasons (although I have several theories). I used API Melafix which claims "Promotes re-growth of damaged fin rays and tissue" but it certainly didn't cause the fins to re-grow, so, like Sue says, it's unlikely it will re-grow.

[I've slightly tweaked the title of the post so that it's easier to find, if anyone does a search for this type of issue in future.  C:-)]

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2017, 05:59:31 PM »
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hi, he does seem to be bullied by a mickey mouse platy ! he seems ok and eating but sometimes gets swept away by the current of the filter,i don't know why he just doesn't hide !  :fishy1:

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2017, 07:49:16 PM »
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Sorry to read that he's being bullied but hopefully it's not affecting him too much otherwise he probably would hide and languish - it's probably a good sign if he's staying out in the open and especially if he's eating. Also, he may actually be enjoying getting swept by the current of the filter - I know my fish love swimming under it and taking turns to be buffeted backwards.
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As long as you keep water quality high (0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and nitrates under 20 if at all possible), hopefully he'll remain in otherwise good health.

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2017, 09:55:59 PM »
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hi, he's still here but i seem to have 2 or 3 with a problem fin, is there a disease or do you think i have a bully somewhere

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2017, 08:07:53 PM »
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Were they all bought at the same time from the same place? [Just trying to figure out whether it may be a congenital problem as Sue mentioned above as a possibility.]

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2017, 12:11:42 PM »
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hi,  after watching closely only one has a fin missing though still with us. the other two died unfortunately in a quarantine tank... i have two now that are looking not well , top fin down and looking skinny (inc the one fin fish which i call annie ) I'm going to put them in a little quarantine tank but what would you suggest to put in it, a general disease medicine or specific one and no other sign of illness i.e. white spot etc , thanks

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2017, 12:23:37 PM »
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Being skinny implies an internal infection, but the problem is which one.

If it's bacterial, then something like eSHa 2000
If it's intestinal worms, eSHa-ndx or Sera Nematol
If it's protozoan, Waterlife Octozin
If it's viral - there is no medication for viral infections.

It is very difficult to distinguish between the three micro-organism infections - bacteria, virus or protozoa. But worms are easier as they hang out of the anus when the fish is motionless, looking like tiny red bristles.

If there are no signs of worms, I would try eSHa 2000 and if that doesn't work, try Waterlife Octozin. Do a big water change between meds and run carbon for at least 24 hours.

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2017, 01:15:41 PM »
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hi, i have put the two poorly fish in isolation tank and put some melofix in for now until i can get some other gear medicine as it says treats bacterial infections,

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2017, 02:08:11 PM »
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Melafix is more of an antiseptic for fish. I usually compare it to dettol - fine for stopping an infection getting into a cut but if it does get infected you need something stronger from the GP.

But better than nothing till you can get the stronger meds.

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Re: sunset platy - missing fin
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2017, 06:00:35 PM »
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hi, i lost both the fish eventually.. never knew what caused it,they just got thinner and then just died..  thanks for your help though.... now i have different medicines in just in case
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