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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Is this quarantine/hospital good enough for fish with nipped fins?




I think he is a Pygmy Cory

his tank mates died and since then the neon tetras have been bullying him at night but I'm afraid we didn't catch it in time.

His dorsal fun is really messed up and his side fins are basically gone. One if them looks like a bone sticking out of his side

Can Cory's grow their fins back?

Anyways I set up this pickle jar with water from the main tank and made a make shift air stone out of a chopstick. The air pump I'm using is way too powerful for such a little jar which is why a regular air stone won't work.

I don't know if he will recover it not but he swims around every once in a while.

In the main tank it seemed like he was trying hard to act normal and he was eating but every now and again he was leaning to the side and kind of floating..... Now he is staying up right and doesn't seem to be leaning or fainting (as my wife puts it) but now we can't seem to get him to eat and he is just sitting in the same spot

I plan to change out the water with new tank water every few days.

Is there any hope?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 12:47 AM
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Make sure you are doing frequent wc's as you said and I would probably use meds to make sure he does not get a infection and use some melafix to help him heal up.
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Will the fins heal though?
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Quote: "I plan to change out the water with new tank water every few days."
IMO I would do wc sooner than few days....especially since it is wounded and no filter.
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could always add a sponge filter to the end of that airline
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Since you have no filter, you'll have to do daily 100% water changes.

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I will be doing water changes. I'll do it every day
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Can a sponge filter be made or do I need to buy it?
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Used to have an a zoo palm filter that would have been perfect... I can't really afford to go out and set up a full blown tank for the little guy as much as I'd like to. I have half a mind to snatch up all the tetras and give them to the fish store so he can have his tank back.
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I wouldn't use that chopstick as an airstone. Most cheap bamboo chopsticks are bleached and they usually have bleach left inside the bamboo. If it could harm to you, I'm pretty sure it will harm your fish as well.
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I think you're going to need some hidey-holes for him, even just a little clay pot or something like that. He'll be too stressed, otherwise. In fact, that might be why he won't eat... Any live plants like Java moss or Java fern would be good, too, they'll help keep it clean for the little guy.
Yeah, his fins can probably grow back.
I'd suggest getting a big tupperware, several gallons if you can, and using that as a QT tank. Not one that's been used before, it could have soap or cleaners in it. Some pet stores will sell plastic 'critter keepers', one of those would be good and they tend to be fairly cheap. A 10g starter kit from someplace like Petsmart should be pretty cheap, too, and that would be a perfect tank for a school of pygmy cories.
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also since hes a cory try using sand or a softer substrate....looks like your using fluorite and that will really cut up the cory...
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I would go with no substrate and a little pot to hide in.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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This Cory will never go back into the main tank which is a planted tank and that's why I have that substrate. But I'll take it out... I just thought it would help stabilize the water parameters better due to mature bacteria colony.

If he makes it I'll try to set up something a bit more permanent.
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