Angelfish with clamped/twisted fins
Posted 09 September 2005 - 09:05 AM
2 days ago he seemed to have slight cloudy patches on his tail and a little white patch on his dorsal fin which weren't there before so i gave him 2 salt baths throughout the day and they have now disapeared.
Any helpful info on how i can correct this problem would be great!
Posted 09 September 2005 - 09:24 AM
How many gallons is the tank they are in and how many and what other fish do you have in it including the angels?
It sounds like to me the angels are having a slime coat disorder in reaction to somthing in the tank...
Posted 09 September 2005 - 09:32 AM
its a 180 litre (47 gallon) tank. I have 4 corys, featherfin syno, clown plec and 4 angels.
It's only happend to ONE of my angels, the others are fine.
Posted 09 September 2005 - 09:52 AM
Posted 09 September 2005 - 11:17 AM
I can't tell that they're EXACTLY at zero because my testing kit has a range of like 0-0.25 etc etc so there may be some. I'm just telling you they're all low.
Posted 10 September 2005 - 04:03 AM
Posted 10 September 2005 - 09:36 PM
P.S the angels fins were clamped before i added ANY meds to my tank, thats why i'm confused about what could be wrong.
Posted 10 September 2005 - 09:41 PM
Edited by Wilder, 10 September 2005 - 09:42 PM.
Posted 10 September 2005 - 09:47 PM
Clamped Fins- The most common reason a fish will show signs of clamped fins is when the water quality is poor. Especially if the pH has crashed! Parasites can also cause this. If your water checks out fine you might consider treating with Fluke tabs. Check for ammonia, pH, and nitrites
Edited by Wilder, 10 September 2005 - 09:47 PM.
Posted 10 September 2005 - 09:55 PM
today i noticed his clamped top fin wasn't as clamped but its quite short as if its had been bitten maybe.
Posted 10 September 2005 - 10:05 PM
Information about your maintenance schedule would also be useful, and a brief tank history (ie: new fish, how long the tank has been established, filtration)
The more information you provide the better equipped someone will be to try and figure out where your problem is coming from.
You mentioned you gave the fish a couple of salt baths, what was your method, type of salt, concentration and duration of treatment?
Posted 10 September 2005 - 10:12 PM
If you are serious about changing the ph, start with r.o. water, it's the only safe way to go about it.
Posted 12 September 2005 - 01:15 PM
IME when introducing multiple angels to a new environment there will be territorial issues and sometimes severe aggression betweeen them as a pecking order is established. Stress can also cause an angel to clamp down like that, and you mentioned that one looks nipped on. Sometimes a male angel just will not let another male exist in the tank with him, and will mercilessly chase and nip him. Remember they are cichlids. (peaceful? ha!) In addition to the advise from others, I'd make sure that there are plenty of places for a weaker fish to hide out in.
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