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Old 11-11-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
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I have 4 guppies in a ten-gallon tank. One of them, my smallest one, is not in a good condition. It's fall, and I don't have a heater. I live in Florida, so I didn't think that would be a problem. Well, the water got 5 degrees lower, so I turned on the light and wrapped a towel around the tank. It rose 4 degrees. 79 degrees. It's usually 80 degrees. However, Swimmy (the fish I'm talking about) was not getting better. He was just floating in the same spot. Even when I put some food in, he did nothing. He used to have a potbelly, but now, he's skinny. I also noticed he had bite marks out of his tail. Maybe my other fish thought his orange tail was an orange piece of fish food? I poured some warm water in my fishbowl, treated it, and put him in there. I also took the fishbowl and placed it in my TV cabinet display case and turned the light on. I put about 4 pieces of fish food in there. He was swimming some more, but not eating anything. This morning, I checked on him again. All the food was still there, and he was swimming around some. I noticed that he was trying to swim to the bottom of the bowl, but he couldn't, because his fin wouldn't work. I think the other fish ate so much of it that it's too short to be usable. He can't use his tail. He won't eat. He's too cold. He's dying. Is there a way I could make him develop an appetite so he'll stay alive while his tail heals? Will his tail even grow back?
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:34 AM   #2
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How long have you had the guppies? Did you recently introduce new guppies/plants or snails? Are you sure they are biting the guppies tail or might he have some fin rot going on? How often do you perform water changes?

Aquarium salt does well with guppies...it may be too late or it me be too much of a change for the guppy to handle right now, but id add an air stone on a low setting and tsp of disolved Aquarium salt.

Worked for me but im not sure it will have the same effect for others. Maybe someone with more guppy/fish experience can help.

Good luck, hope he comes out of it.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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I haven't instroduced anything new to the tank lately. I've had them maybe since.... July? I'm not 100% sure that the fish are biting off of it, but they look like bite marks. I don't perform water changes that often, because I usually don't have time. I was planning on doing one this weekend, and then this happened. Will the salt help his tail?
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in my limited experience yes, but then again it may depend on whats really going on with the guppy, whenever im a tad late with a water change my little orange splits his tail, I add AQ salt and it seems to heal up over night. It will depend on how much damage and whats going on with your little guy.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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I try to go to the fish store today and see what I can find. Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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A Couple of things:
1. Get a heater for your tank. At 79 they are fine, but you don't want it to swing.
2. Before you put a teaspoon of salt in your bowl, find out how big your bowl is You will want to add aquarium salt accordingly. And slowly, don't just raise the salinity all at once.
3. In addition to the salt you can add some melafix, it's great for regeneration etc. and will help fend off bacterial infection.
4. Get a small heater that you can place under your bowl to heat that to what you want IF the light isn't heating it enough. Really at 78-80 they will be good. They sell small under tank heaters. You won't want to leave the light on all day and all night- that will stress your fish.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:11 PM   #7
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Also leaving the light on all day and night will make algae grow in the bowl.
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