Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-10-2017, 07:59 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 220
Why are my fish attacking each other?

Please help- four candy cane tetras.
Yesterday I noticed one of them chasing another. Thought they were playing. Apparently not. This morning saw one harassing another and the poor guy had a huge white patch that looked to be exposed flesh where his scales got ripped off. His dorsal fin was torn as well.
Why is this happening? What can I do? The aggressor seems to be bothering others as well. They aren't sick, are they?
__________________

__________________
DreaminginBlue is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 08:02 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
sinibotia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Central Maine
Posts: 3,904
Send a message via Skype™ to sinibotia
Getting more candy cane tetras would likely help. In schooling fish any aggression will be dispersed through the school. How big of a tank is this? Can you describe the white patch- is it fuzzy at all?
__________________

__________________
Got a question about loaches? Ask me!
Loach count: 22
Baby fish count: 12 (multis)
sinibotia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 08:06 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 220
Okay- cycling is why I only have four. 26 gallon planted tank, though my plants seem to not be doing great. As far a so I can see it isn't fuzzy- it would be strange if they were sick because I just finished a five day dosing of medicine because I was afraid they would get sick when one of the platies the store gave me died of an apparent disease. Seems there is one fish being a meanie but I can't tell for sure. Going to run to the store and get a breeding net to put the sick one in. How else can I help him?
__________________
DreaminginBlue is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 08:13 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
sinibotia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Central Maine
Posts: 3,904
Send a message via Skype™ to sinibotia
Could just be stress from the cycling water parameters combined with low numbers. Might be best to isolate the aggressor as well as the injured fish.

What kind of medicine? Fish get all kinds of diseases and just like with human medicine there is no treatment that works on everything. It's entirely possible to get one disease while treating for a different one.

As far as helping the injured fish, I would just isolate him and keep an eye on him, unless you have a separate cycled tank you can move him to (I'm presuming you don't). He should heal on his own- but if anything else comes up (especially if any fuzz appears on the injury) then you may need to take more action.
__________________
Got a question about loaches? Ask me!
Loach count: 22
Baby fish count: 12 (multis)
sinibotia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 08:15 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 220
It was supposed to be for everything- Tetra LifeGuard. Going to get multiple chambered breeding net ASAP. I hope he isn't sick.
__________________
DreaminginBlue is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 08:29 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
sinibotia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Central Maine
Posts: 3,904
Send a message via Skype™ to sinibotia
Quote:
Originally Posted by DreaminginBlue View Post
It was supposed to be for everything- Tetra LifeGuard. Going to get multiple chambered breeding net ASAP. I hope he isn't sick.
As in most things in life, if it claims to solve all your problems it's probably a scam The closest thing to a cure-all for aquarium fish diseases is actually just plain old salt, and even that will only get you so far.

The active ingredient of lifeguard is actually effective against quite a few different problems. That said, there are plenty of things it doesn't help with. I would be cautious using it without knowing with some certainty what you're treating.

I think the injured fish will be fine. If it starts growing fuzz on the injury, then it's time to do something, but fish are pretty resilient
__________________
Got a question about loaches? Ask me!
Loach count: 22
Baby fish count: 12 (multis)
sinibotia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2017, 09:15 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 220
Thank you for the help. I have aquarium salt and if needed I will put it in. Now I have to catch the stubborn little guy, and I discovered in a planted tank with rocks and stuff for him to hide behind, it's pretty difficult.
__________________

__________________
DreaminginBlue is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
attack, attacking, fish

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Platys attacking each other?? Chris11391 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 07-24-2016 05:13 AM
Why do my red eye tetra chase each other around? martintanks91 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 10 05-09-2014 07:11 PM
Coral Attacking Each Other? Daddy-o Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 4 07-25-2013 10:00 PM
anyone heard of large bristle worms attacking clowns or other fish. Mike-words Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 03-23-2011 09:06 AM
My fish keep attacking each other! Yodlem Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 11-04-2006 10:45 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.