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Old 06-14-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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Tailess Bristlenose!

Hi everyone, only just joined and have only had my tank for a couple of months so sorry if anything is unclear as I'm new to the Aquaria hobby I have had my tank up and running ( after 8 week cycle) for 2 months now and everything has been a wonderful first experience up until yesterday! My poor bristle nose catfish was caught in one of the artificial plants and now has no left fins or tail fin! I have a 70L tank and have now removed all artificial plants and replaced with some thin veil (I think :S) went to the LFS and they said to add 2grams of rock salt which I have done but thought why not ask the real experts! Is he going to be okay ( he seems happy and back to normal albeit a tad wonky!) and will he grow his fins back even if the tail is completely gone? is there anything else I can do apart from water changes every 2 days and salt to avoid infection?
Incase this helps he is only about an inch in length and lives happily with 2 dwarf gourami 3 guppies and 10 neons

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Old 06-14-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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If my memory is correct, I'm pretty sure plecos can be sensitive to salt
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:S I'll be doing a 30% water change today, do I add more salt in for recovery or leave it incase it bothers the Pleco?
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Yes they are sensitive but 2g in 70L of water is nothing. Lots an lots of clean water should do the trick. If he develops a fuzz, growth or red streaks in his tail let us know ASAP. He will need medication if that happens.
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Yes they are sensitive but 2g in 70L of water is nothing. Lots an lots of clean water should do the trick. If he develops a fuzz, growth or red streaks in his tail let us know ASAP. He will need medication if that happens.
Lol well I don't know metric measurements and I didn't really want to convert them so I just put it out there lol
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Thank you! I will definitely be monitoring him like a hawk! He was my little pride and joy owh, forgot to mention he does have a small scratch down the middle of his head only a millimetre or so long and it doesn't look red or irritated but keeping an eye on that too! Will do lot of water changes and add the 2 grams of salt every second water change and hopefully he pulls through okay thank again for the help!
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Lol well I don't know metric measurements and I didn't really want to convert them so I just put it out there lol
I'm the same but opposite, I think 70L is just under 20G :S...maybe closer to 15G....
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No problem. BN plecs are some of my favorites. 70L is about 18.5 US gallons.
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