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Old 06-25-2011, 01:39 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Bleeding Head!!!!

hey guys this isn't about bettas but you guys are so helpful i bet you could help me and i have no idea what to do!!!! i have a community tank. it is 20 gallons and i was looking at it a week ago and could not find my favorite half black guppy female. today i looked in and found her with shredded fins and her head is bleeding. it is red and part of it is lifting up! i know some of you have experience with guppies so what should i do?!!?! she shares the tank with four danios, two mollies, three cories, a pleco, two guppies, and a gourami. HELLLLLPPPP!!!! i am on the verge of crying!
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:43 PM   #2 
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First, try and figure out how she got hurt (I know that's probably impossible now but try and remove the object that hurt her) Get her in a qt tank and start with antibacterials plus some aq salt. If you can you can gentle dab the area with an antiseptic too, which will help.
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she is in a qt tank now. i dont have aq salt but i do have epsolm salt that i use for betta injuries. could i use that? i believe it was the pleco cave but i have no way to be sure! all my fish a peaceful and have never ever in the two years that i have had them together hurt each other.
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How big is that Pleco. If I remember they are a nocturnal fish and could have took a chunk out og your guppy when it was sleeping.
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he is like two inches big and is shy.
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Epsom is for bloating and constipation..etc. AQ salt is for injuries and parasites and the like, so it would be better for her. From what you describe the injury seems pretty rough, do you have a pic? Is she acting funny?
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First i would suggest taking her out of the tank immediately.
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no she is acting fine and i will take a pic right now.
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bettalover she is already in a qt tank.
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While fish can react to pain their central nervous system isn't developed like ours, so she probably doesn't even realize she's hurt if that makes you feel better. Use the aq salt for a few days (no more then 10 days I'd say) and get some antibacterials in there to make sure she won't get a nasty infection.
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