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Old 03-06-2011, 04:55 PM   #1 
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He's at it AGAIN!

Ugh I thought this was over with! I guess not! Riley just either chewed a huge chunk out of his tail or has fin rot. Now I have a sponge under my filter (Uhm,I do not have the correct word for it but its the part that sucks up water xD). But I'm kinda thinking he has started biting again but in-case I started fin rot treatment. If he is back to chewing I don't know whats wrong. I do weekly water changes. (Only about 25%) and Full (I do leave some water in but take most of it out) every 2-3 weeks) and He's in a 5 gallon and loves it. He does have what I think is Lymphocystis. I could only find a few articles on this disease. . . so I was wondering if it causes alot of discomfort which could lead to tail biting?
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:22 PM   #2 
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You Only change 25% a week in a 5? You need more than that unless its cycled.
What makes you think he was that disease? Like, that one instead of others?
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:18 PM   #3 
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You Only change 25% a week in a 5? You need more than that unless its cycled.
What makes you think he was that disease? Like, that one instead of others?
Agree - I do TWO 50% (or more) a week on my 5 gallon tanks and they're cycled!
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #4 
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Hi! My fish had Lymphocystis, and it did not resemble fin rot, it more looked like a couple white bumps on the body. It didn't even mess with his fins at all (although I think it can get on the fins), and with frequent water changes and some good food it went away :)

So if his fins are the only thing that's messed up and there are no cauliflower-looking growths or white bumps, then it's probably not Lympho.

Oh, and my fish doesn't seem like he's in pain or discomfort when he gets a bump or two, just less active... He hasn't got one in a long time though.

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Old 03-07-2011, 08:28 PM   #5 
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Btw- tail bitiing usually looks like little U's bitten out...Clean slits or clean cuts in the fin are more likley due to a plant or decoration hurting him.

Some fish are just derp.

Some fish are REALLY derp.

He might be a chronic tail biter, I had one and I loathed him for it DX
If you find this is a chronic problem, just make a point to keep the water clean. Even if it is fin rot, its probably from your tank not being cleaned enough (25% isnt enough- even if ammonia is low, the bottom should have the nasties sucked out!) , so just make a point to frquently change the water, you wont even need salt if the waters clean enough.

Also, if you really do suspect fin rot, put in a bubbler if you have one, but dont set it too high. It helps stave oiff bacteria.
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