Recently my Male Red Zebra has been getting picked on in my 55g mbuna tank. Yesterday I noticed things were really bad when his fins were nipped up and his scales looked "dirty". Since I didn't have an extra tank at the time, I filled up a 5g bucket with tank water and put him in there with just an airstone aerating the water. So far he's survived the night just fine, and I fed him this morning and he's doing good. I put some stress coat and a bit of salt in there yesterday in hopes that he'd start healing.
Today I'm going down to the LFS to buy a 10g tank to use as a hospital tank. I was just curious what the procedure would be to help him heal. I'm probably just going to buy one of those 10g "starter kits" with a small HOB filter, heater, air pump, etc. And get him in there.
Once I get the tank home I'm gonna clean everything out and fill it with tank water. Then plop him in there with some stress coat and a bit of salt. Should I expect him to get back to 100%? Or are his fins going to be permanently nipped up? Also how long should I keep him in there and when do I know when I should return him to the big tank? I'll take any advice. Thanks.