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Old 02-28-2007, 02:23 AM   #1
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Trapped Under Rock - Lost Tail

I came home tonight to a fish that was in between some rocks. She wasn't moving out of the rocks, but I know fish do this sometimes. When I fed the fish and still didn't see her movie out, I decided to move the rocks a bit. When I moved the rock, she swam out, but it was quite apparent she had last most of her tail and was scraped up on her tail.





Sorry, I don't have better pictures.

Do you think her tail will grow back? As you can see, although a bit blurry, the translucent part of her tail is completely gone. You can see her head is a bit white and scraped up, probably from trying to escape the rocks.

What else can I do?
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Old 02-28-2007, 05:35 PM   #2
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Clean water, melafix and pimafix are my fin regrowth trifecta. QT would be advisable as well and makes for easier repeated pwc to keep water pristine.
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:35 PM   #3
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I agree with Apocalypse_Gold. With clean water and mela/pimafix, the tail should grow back. Good thing you moved the rocks.
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Yeah, she's already in a separate tank. I will start medicinal treatment soon.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:19 PM   #5
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Good luck, keep us posted how she does.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:30 AM   #6
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I still haven't had time to pick up medications. She is in a 10-gallon by herself with some fry in a net breeder. She seems to be swimming just fine now, much less lopsided and struggled, but I will keep an eye on her.
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Update: It's been just over a week. The tail has grown in nicely. and will probably be full grown in another week.
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Glad to hear she is recovering.
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Old 03-12-2007, 06:30 AM   #9
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excellent =). That kind of injury to that degree can be very hard to recover from. I am impressed, you must have very good husbandry.
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Great news I am glad she is on the mend.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:42 AM   #11
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I am sad to say I found this fish stuck to the filter intake tonight when I came home late. I checked the water and everything was clean. It may have just been something that she never recovered from fully from the accident. I am a bit bummed, but I feel like I did everything I could in providing a good environment for the fish.
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Oh man! I'm sorry. I really thought everything would be OK.
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Yeah, me too. I think there were complications, possibly more internal damage.
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:35 PM   #14
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Awww, so sorry for your loss. You did everything you could for her.
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