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Old 04-25-2012, 01:45 AM   #1 
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Help. Rapid fin ripping and loss

Okay I just put my boy from his 2 gal, to his new 6 gal it is un-cycled as I am doing a fish in cycle. And in a matter of hours, his tail went from round, with a healing split to well completely torn up and discoloured.. no reason,t he tank is clean, no plastic plants or anything.

Housing
What size is your tank? 6 gal
What temperature is your tank? 80- 81
Does your tank have a filter?yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? just pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets a day, minus thursday

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? in the 2 gal I did one a week. 6 gal, as needed as I cycle
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? depends
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? just prime conditioner...

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:0
pH:7.5
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Tail went from round ( his crons have been gone for a long time ) with one split that was healing.. to a ragged mess that has some discoloration.. in a matter of hours literally like and hour and a half I firstt noticed it.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? it hasnt, he isnt clamping or anything, just exploring..
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few hours ago, but it keeps getting worse
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I havent..
Does your fish have any history of being ill? He had fin rot a month or 2 ago, but ti cleared up and his tail was healing well.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I got him in december an he was pretty small..



The only thing I can think of is him biting it... but I havne't seen him do it... Maybe the filter intake sucked him up? I am going to cover the intake with a panty hose.. just incase...
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:56 AM   #2 
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Here is a video I took just after I put him in the tank. then one I jsut took, litterally 7 hours in between..

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...t=DSCN1887.mp4

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...t=DSCN1918.mp4

I put a nylon over the filter intake.. just.. to see if that helps. I dont understnad it, I really dont.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:27 AM   #3 
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Oh, no, Cinderwolf! How's he doing now?

Wish I could offer you some information but I'm still too new to this hobby.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:31 AM   #4 
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Uhm his fins dont look much worse than last night, but no better either. I dont understand how he could bite it like that... But I know fin rot does not happen that fast... maybe i shoudl put soem rooibos tea in there for him.....
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:44 PM   #5 
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I don't think it's fin rot...he is a tail-biter, oh my! D: He must be a little upset about being moved, but he will adjust, I'm sure. If you can find a away to distract him from shredding his tail even more that would be good~
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:45 PM   #6 
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I don't think it's fin rot...he is a tail-biter, oh my! D: He must be a little upset about being moved, but he will adjust, I'm sure. If you can find a away to distract him from shredding his tail even more that would be good~
What would you suggest? I turned off the tank light , since maybe that was stressing him out, but I am out of ideas..
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:00 PM   #7 
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I think the best way to distract him would probably be to give him something to interact with. Some people use mirrors for a minute or so, some people use ping pong balls, some add more plants or decorations to the tank. Maybe a moss ball?

So far those are the only ones I've read on the boards. Bettas usually do tail-biting out of boredom, mis-placed aggression, and even when they are irritated. It's like a kid throwing a tantrum, :)
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:45 PM   #8 
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Well he jsut went from a bare bottom 2 gal to a big gall full of new plants to explore.. it cant e boredom... and there is nothing to be agressive about.. i do the mirror thing occasionally to stretch his fins .. Only reason I can see if stress from the move.. I wish I had a ping pong ball : P
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #9 
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Can you take a clipping of a plastic plant? My betta loves to push small (like quarter size) floating plants around. :)
Good luck!
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Can you take a clipping of a plastic plant? My betta loves to push small (like quarter size) floating plants around. :)
Good luck!
Well, i could let some of the horn wort float around
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