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> Finless Cory, what's up with Scooter?
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Posted: Dec 13 2012, 12:24 PM
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We have three albino cories in the 75G. They get along great with all the other fish.

But, one of them (Scooter), for months now, has had no fins. It's like they've disintigrated. He has the spines for some, but none of the webbing. Even the tail is missing.

It's crazy, but he still gets around the tank, he just has to use his whole body to swim. It's not at all uncommon to come home and find him upside down in a plant. First serval times I thought he was dead, but look closely and you can see him gently breathing. Then when he's ready he'll wiggle his way out and go about looking for bits of food in the gravel.

His barbels are in great condition. No weird coloration. Gets along and hangs out with the others just fine. In other words, he seems perfectly healthy, just doesn't have any fins. And he's been this way for several months. The other two both have all their fins.

Any ideas what's wrong, or what I should do?
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Posted: Dec 13 2012, 01:24 PM
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That's a new one on me, dgaddis . . . . unsure.gif I have never seen a situation such as you describe.


Seems to me to just be a freak of nature, expecially if the other Cories have their fins, and Scooter is able to eat.

Your tank is certainly clean and well maintained! Are there any other discolorations anywhere on Scooter body? Is he still able to dart to the surface for an air bubble? (this aids in digestion).

Could you show us a pic?



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Posted: Dec 13 2012, 08:30 PM
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What condition was he in when you got him? Did he have fins then?
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Posted: Dec 14 2012, 02:53 AM
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Yeah, he had fins when we got him (about 10 months ago).

Here's a pic.

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Posted: Dec 14 2012, 02:19 PM
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Well first off I would think someone was picking on him for some reason, if not then he has aome illnes and you might have to remove him and treat him, but if he is getting along I personally would leave him alone.
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Posted: Dec 14 2012, 04:10 PM
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Ratty, at first I thought he might have some sort of fungal rot, but none of the other fish are infected.

There are no white spots on him, either . . .

It might not be a bad idea, though, to segregate him in a small and shallow tank to see if his fins grow back. This might help to either confirm, or rule out, the possibility of him being bullied by another fish . . . but Dustin said they all get along fine.

This is a real puzzler . . . unsure.gif


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Posted: Dec 14 2012, 08:31 PM
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Yeah, no bullying going on, and as long as he's been like this, if it was a disease of some sort I'd think the other fish woulda caught it by now. I'm just gonna leave him be and keep a close eye on him.
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Posted: Dec 14 2012, 09:19 PM
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My thoughts, exactly . . . .
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Weird.
The rays at the base seem fine, as are the barbels, so I don't think it comes from inside the fish. It looks to me like he was attacked, although I'm not sure what could have taken out his dorsal spine.

Exactly what other fish are in there, or were in there when it started?

Sometimes fin rays don't grow back - the soft tissue (webbing) between them does, but if the rays are off, it doesn't always regenerate. I had a Brochis that had been badly bitten before I got it a few years ago, and it always had a tiny dorsal (but with a long first ray - the defensive spine) and upper half to its caudal fin.

It never got worse, never got better. This could be a more extreme injury like that. If the main dorsal spine is gone, then he/she has no defence against return visits.
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