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Old 06-01-2012, 08:02 AM   #1 
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Unhappy Worried, please help

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons Aqueon Betta Bow
What temperature is your tank? 80*
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? Aqueon Betta pellets daily and freeze dried blood worms weekly
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2 in the morning and 1-2 in the evening

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 50% twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Betta Bowl Plus

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Only have an ammonia test

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fin is looking beat up
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Still the same
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 30 minutes ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)?Just got him a couple weeks ago, not sure on his age

Just noticed the way his fins look. His filter has a nylon over the intake, so I don't think it sucked his fins in. Just noticed this and his behavior hasn't changed (still eating, swimming around.) Here's a picture of his fin:

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Old 06-01-2012, 09:13 AM   #2 
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Hm. Looks like he could be nipping it. I'd say he is either tail biting or has tail rot. Can you get a clearer picture?
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #3 
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+1 it seems like tail nipping or he's catching it on something...
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #4 
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definitely looks like biting IME. Clean water is your best bet.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:38 PM   #5 
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Thanks for the replies.
Sivan - I'll try an get a better pic with my other camera.
I'll keep the water clean. Is there anything I can do for his fin? Like, will it grow back? And is there anything I can do to prevent this in the future?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:50 PM   #6 
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The fin will grow back on it's own, especially with clean water. If you'd like, adding a stress coat will help it grow back a little faster. If he's just nipping it, he might be bored. If you don't have any plants, getting some for him to explore could help (:
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #7 
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oh sorry i didn't put my cure for fin nipping on here... *face palm* where is my head today?
Ok so what I do it extra stress coat (dosed to heal and repair fins), extra AQ salt (dosed to repair damaged fins) and IAL (but that last is optional). 100% water changes every day. Within 3-4 days it should start to clear up and within 5-6 it should be mending on its own and you can switch to just clean water. Don't do the treatment more than 10 days. extra AQ salts can be dangerous for long periods of time
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:42 AM   #8 
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Awesome. Thanks for the treatment methods. :)
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:07 AM   #9 
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not a problem. I use that combination after a rough breeding, and usually within a week they look 10 times better.
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