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Old 02-05-2013, 10:55 PM   #1 
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Ripped Fin?

So I have an Elephant Ear betta that I've owned for less than a week now. I've noticed that his right fin has a slight tear in it (only one visible tear). There is only two causes that I'm aware that it could be from and the two options are either the gravel or one of the two plastic plants. However, I will note that I felt both plastic plants and they're rather smooth...but I guess it could be from the material in general being more "hard" than others?

I'll be cleaning his tank out tomorrow and it'll be a 100% change (I have a smaller tank as of now, but I'm going to be working on upgrading to a much larger tank soon).

He's still completely active, eats regularly, and no other physical signs except that one minor tear.

Any ideas on what's causing it?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:06 PM   #2 
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Since he is an EE (I have one too) switch to fabric plants NO plastic. They are much more delicate than our average halfmoon or other long finned bettas.

Even mine tore his right one, and idk how just keep the water clean, warm, and he'll be fine :)
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:42 PM   #3 
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if you can run a panty hose over it with no snagging, it's safe. my big ear, Hiccup, has one plastic plant in his tank, and he swims through it all the time, with no snagging at all.

but, from what i've heard, their pec fins rip quite often. Hiccup's look like he fought with a lawn mower. keep the water clean and it should heal up fine. :B
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