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Old 07-31-2008, 01:49 AM   #1
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Sick Dwarf Loach?

About a week and a half ago I purchased 6 dwarf loaches. One of them seemed smaller and not as active as the others. Recently we had an earthquake that freaked them out and sent them into hiding.

All of the loaches are fine except for one I found hiding under a log I inadvertently hit. It was very small and very inactive. It looks like it is missing its tail. I believe its body is intact and I think I see small slivers of a tail. Unfortunately I cannot get a good picture. I soaked some garlic in a melted bloodworm cube and put that in the tank (sans garlic). The loach is out in the open and more active, but still less active than the others and not eating.

Does anyone have recommendations on what I should do? And do loaches ever nip at each other's tails? I only have harlequin rasboras (which are peaceful and get chased by the loaches occasionally) and the dwarf loaches. None of the rasboras have had damage to their tails although their tails are bigger than the dwarf loaches' and slower as well. And will a loach's tail grow back? Thanks.
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:04 PM   #2
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well that's funny, if you're seeing small slivers of tail, then it should grow back, and i don't think loaches nip other loaches' tails. try waiting a few more days and see what happens, if you don't see any changes in activity then i would try and QT the loaches for a few days.
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