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Old 11-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Fin Rot or Fin Loss?

I recently discovered that the tail fin on my male betta is almost 90% gone and the other long fins are split and transulcent looking. I can't see any white or black "fungus" or discoloring around the fins and the smaller fins close to his body (I'm an ametaur fish owner) are round and perfect looking.

He's recently taken an interest in a seashell in his tank and he wedges himself underneath it so I'm wondering if he could have harmed himself some way.

Other than that he's acting normally, he has a ton of energy, he's eating well, and his colors are bright.

I already put in an anti-fungal (I use a preventive every week during the water change) and am planning to get some aquarium salt tomorrow. Does anyone have any other suggestions or idea of what may be wrong?
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:39 PM   #2 
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I think it would judt be fin loss becuase fin rot has black or white along the tail edge and the clear fin parts your talking about I've seen on Sushi and I think it's the fin regrowing.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:42 PM   #3 
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Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Fin loss (if that's what it is), I mean. Or something I can do to aid in the healing process.

I'm totally freaking out over my little guy.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:58 PM   #4 
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what kind is he? Some longer finned males like to snack on their fins

can you get a picture?

its kinda hard to see since its such a small graphic but the guy in my siggy is actually a tail bitter. He is supposed to be halfmoon but everytime I do a water change, he bits his fins off again.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:08 AM   #5 
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I have no idea what kind of betta he is. I bought him at Petsmart and all I know is that he's a male.

A few days ago he had a long beautiful tail fin...

Here he is now:
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:20 AM   #6 
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I think he is a veiltail.

is he acting normal? eating? if so, I think he is tail bitting. Does he live alone? How big is the tank and what decor does he have? Sometimes they bite because they are bored, stressed or just because they can.

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Crappy pic but the one on the left - see his tail? Also tail bitting
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:28 AM   #7 
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I was just reading about tail biting and you're most likely right about him.

He's eating normally and acting like he always does, he's always full of energy.

Last night he was splashing around behind the filter when I was trying to go to bed and I didn't think anything of it until just a few minutes ago.

He's in a one gallon aquarium with a filter. He has a couple of plants but not much else. I'm now frantically looking around for anything safe to put in the tank to keep him entertained...

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Is this something I should be really concerned about? Obviously I don't want him doing it, but is it life threatening?
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