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Hillstream Loach

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by Myeka, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Myeka

    Myeka New Member

    Jun 13, 2019
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    Hi! So I am new to this website and also new to owning loaches, I have a hillstream loach, I'm not 100 percent sure what happen to it but it seems to be missing half of the upper half of its tail. I'm not sure if it was being bullied or not but all the fish are getting along now and nothing else bugs it, I never noticed the bugging it before though. It also had this habit of going under some decor, so it could of possibly happen from that?
    However, I was wondering if it would grow back? She was hiding for a few days but is now out swimming along the bottom and eating, nothing else in the tank is bugging her/him.

    It's hard to see but in the picture with the pots you can see it missing part of the tail.

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  2. Russjw

    Russjw Fish Fanatic

    Apr 21, 2019
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    Staffordshire England
    I had a simlar thing with one of my zebra danios having all its back fin off. (Alfa danio took a disliking for some reason) All depends on how much as been taken off but i placed my zebra in quarantine and treated with pimafix. Lucky enough the fins started to grow back.

    So there is a chance it could

    Hope it does for you
  3. Colin_T

    Colin_T Member

    Jan 26, 2008
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    Perth, WA
    Hi Myeka and welcome to the forum :)

    Loaches are nocturnal and generally hide during the day, and come out at night.

    If the water quality is good, damaged fins will usually grow back without any problems.

    Do a 75% water change and gravel clean the substrate every day for a couple of weeks and the tail should heal over the next few weeks.
    *NB* Make sure any new water is free of chlorine/ chloramine before it's added to the tank.

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