I was just noticing on Monday how big my turqouise guppys tail fin was getting...Last night I noticed that his tail fin is split. There is not a hole or anything, just a perfect split like it was cut with a scissors. My water parameters are perfect,(ammonia-0, Nitrite-0, Nitrates 20ppm) and I do a 25% water change every week. There are no signs of bullying either...Any thoughts??
What type of plants do you use? And how strong is your filter?
It could be a couple of different reasons. Some one could of nipped him or maybe he caught it on a decoration. Just keep an eye on him it should repair itself in time. There is also meds u can buy to help repair torn fins.
All but one of my plants are fake and my filter is def not a problem.
Plastic fake plants are big contributing factors to torn fins.
None of my plants seem to be "sharp"....They are all really soft and flexible with no pointy edges??? Maybe one of the decorations?? I will keep an eye on him and see what happens. I would prefer not to use any medications.
It shouldn't be needed. It should heal on it's own. The meds at this point would be just to prevent a possible problem of infection. They wouldn't repair the tail faster.
Good to know, thanks for the advice. He seems to be fine otherwise, just as active as usual.
Update: The guppys tail is already completely healed. I am amazed at how fast it healed.
It usually doesn't take that long under good water conditions.
My male guppy has got myself a couple of rips from being stuck in my filter for a day (he survived!) i'm thinking of getting some bio-bandage.
The guppy will probably do better if you change about 25 percent of the water every week. To avoid trapping fish in the filter intake, put a sponge filter over it.