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Old 09-14-2012, 09:03 PM   #101 
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Oh, sorry I didn't answer that part of your post / I've never tried to touch it - slime coat and all that, but I will try to observe if it wiggles or if it's stiff like a fin. I've seen him swim and it doesn't seem to move around too much, but I will make it my mission to observe it here on the weekend - among other things! But it definitely is growing.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:06 PM   #102 
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On the other hand, do you think it would be safe for me to touch it - in his interest I mean? Maybe I should just try that.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:06 PM   #103 
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Growing? This boy has some weird stuff happening to his rear end, all right.

It's just that it looks like a giant bone spur to me but logically, I know that can't be it. o.O

I'm just so glad he's acting well. :) You've done a great job, GaspeGirl. :)

EDIT: To be honest, I touch my bettas quite frequently. I think just this once will be okay but if you are worried, you can always add extra Stress Coat to his tank to help him replace whatever he may lose.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:37 AM   #104 
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Hi there,

OK, I'll try the touching thing. I wonder who'll be more nervous ......

On another note, I've always tried to avoid sticking my arm in to clean the lower ends of the tank, I would always lower the water level to do it; can I put my arm in after washing it and rinsing well? Sounds like a surgical op! lol I always thought the oils, etc from my arm would not be good for the tank in general.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:01 PM   #105 
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While it's true that too much physical interaction with a fish is not good for it, the occasional touch won't harm it. And I think as long as you have made sure you don't have lotion on, it's fine to stick your arm into the water. The amount of oils from your skin that would come off would be minute in comparison to the water volume. If you are really worried about that though, you can always try these:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...71&pcatid=3871
They go all the way up past your elbow, almost to the shoulder. I got a pair for when I need to handle my electric catfish and they work great.
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