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Z. Danio Jumped out of tank- Alive but injured

Hey guys,

One of my Zebra Danios was being aggressive towards his tank mates so i put him in temporary time out in those in-tank breeder boxes.

While i was eating he jumped out and i found him on the floor.
I freaked out and rushed him back into the tank and started to gasp for oxygen.

He lost 1 or two scales and his fins look a little misplaced. He is swimming around the tank now, but he's a little slower than usual.

What can i do? Will i have to put him down? Will he recover?
I saw this Youtuber remove a fishes fin when it got messed up, will i have to do the same?


I feel terrible. I feel like an idiot.

I have fungal medication in case he gets an infection

Any info will be great, Thanks.
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Impossible to say if he'll recover, but if he's actively swimming, he's certainly got a chance.

Keep the tank lights off to keep the tank calm as possible, resist the urge to check him every few seconds. If you've got a quarantine/treatment tank and can catch him without causing undue stress, it might help--easier to provide ultra clean water with regular water changes in a separate tank and easier to medicate if he should show signs of infection.
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Thank you very much.

I appreciate you taking the time to give me advice.
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The hard landing causes problems in the gills, too. But if he is swimming around that is a very good sign.
Fin injuries seem to heal quite well on their own.
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Yep just keep the water quality clean and as long asche doesnt get an infection hell recover fine (this is why i have glass lids over all my tanks)


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Leave the fins alone. Even if his fins are weird-shaped and don't fix themselves, it's fine.
Not sure why a guy would remove a fish's fin, unless it was badly infected or something... Anything with just normal-ish fins is fine with shape issues in them.
He should be okay...
Question: What else is in the tank with him? What size is it? It could be he's crowded and freaking out, or he might need more of his kind to mes with. Danios are very active and chase-y, but they don't tend to be outright aggressive.


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I was transporting a silver tip tetra to another tank in a net.. Sucker jumped out into a box I had on the floor w/ stuff in it.
Took a few seconds to find him, He looks like a little stiff, but he's still kicking after a couple of weeks. still alive.

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No heroics needed . If he's swimming relatively normally , just give it a few days and see what happens . I keep a lot of fish that are notorious jumpers so have to keep covers on everything . All the same ; I've salvaged some pretty bad jumpers , basically found 'em on the floor as flopping lint balls . Took a while but most recovered.
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Hey guys , just a little update here.

He injured his swim bladder with the fall and was swimming a bit vertically , but is now swimming normally again.

I learned my lesson and will never leave the top open again.

Thank you all for the advice!
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Glad to hear he recovered ok!


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