One of my female black skirt tetras seems to be missing a few scales on one side below her dorsal fin. At least that's how I would describe it because she wouldn't hold still long enough for a good picture. If she was injured by something in the tank, I would guess it was the driftwood because Ive never seen any of the fish nipping at eachother. What can I do for her? Will the scales grow back?
Also, I was watching my betta and he was swimming next to the glass on the other side of the tank and flaring. I don't know if he could see his reflection or not... but I noticed that when he flares, his beard only comes out on the left side and not the right. How could this affect him? Is there anything I can do to help him?
Kirrie, the best cure for damaged fins is clean water. Keep up on the water changes and she should heal pretty well. If you have protein treats like blood worms those will also help.
I have a chemical called API Stress Coat. It helps them heal and reduces stress as well as acting similarly like prime.
She eats flakes, bloodworms, and the algae wafers she steals from the corys. It's funny how her and the other black female are the only two of the 6 skirt tetras that steal from the corys. I also have API Stress Coat Plus. I just changed the water on Friday, but would it help to do them a little more often or a greater percentage until her scales grow back?
For some reason you can see the injury better in the fuzzy picture. It's the light grey part towards the back under the dorsal fin where the scales are supposed to be black.
Do you know the water parameters.. ammonia, nitrites and nitrates? You may need to do more depending on those. Is this the same tank that had the Ich issues? If so, you will want to do more water changes than once a week. Follow the directions on the meds for them.
You can dose the tank with the API Stress Coat. I've done that when I've moved fish with no problems.
Yes this is the same tank that I thought had black spot but ended up only having a minor case of cottonmouth that was gone after a few days. I stopped the treatment for that last week. Unfortunately I left my testing kit at my moms with my ten gallon so I wont be able to test for the next few days. Ill probably do a water change tomorrow to be safe. That's one thing I hate about switching between two different houses. I always forget something.
haha wow I left my Stress Coat there too -.- apparently I need doubles of everything