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Old 07-19-2012, 07:38 AM   #1 
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Silly, short question -

What does it mean when a fish's fins are "clamped"?

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:21 AM   #2 
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That's not a silly question at all!
Clamped fins are when they have them held tightly to their sides. It's a sign of shock, sickness,or fear.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:58 AM   #3 
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They will hold their caudal fin kind of closed and tight, instead of being open like normal. The dorsal and anal fins will also be closed looking, and held close to the body. kind of like most of the bettas you ever see at walmart :P
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #4 
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Thank you very much And yes, that sounds a lot like the bettas I saw in Walmart yesterday
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #5 
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this picture shows a severely clamped betta. see how it keeps all its fins held closed?


compared to this betta, who's fins are all spread out:
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:45 PM   #6 
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That poor little guy looks so sad :'( Thank you for the picture reference, Luimeril!
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:15 PM   #7 
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he does, doesn't he? ;n; poor boy probably is feeling pretty cruddy. i'm sure, with good, clean, warm water, he perked up fast. :3
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:31 PM   #8 
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Yes, if you think of how when you get cold and you fold your arms, like that..that is how I think of it, they fold their fins:( if you look in my album of Sapphire when I first got him, he looked like a tadpole, after treatment and healthy food, he loves to open his fins, and especially the Ventral fins, the ones hanging that give that beautiful appearance..in the face..they shrivel, so thin, and when a fish is warm, and healthy, they let them hang, or drop..and look so beautiful..:)
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