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Old 04-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #1 
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Unhappy White and Nipped Tail

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I have noticed that Jake's tail is turning white at the very end and his tail is also getting small tears in it. I have recently gotten all new stuff for him including a bigger tank (2.5 gallons) and really soft plastic plants (which is what I fear is cutting him) I would like to get silk plants but I can't find them anywhere.

I also just changed his food to blood worms as recommended by the pet store because the flakes cloud the water.

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:40 PM   #2 
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Blood worms should only be fed on occasion as a treat. I recommend trying to find some New Life Spectrum Betta pellets or Omega One Betta Pellets, even Hikari Betta Pellets would be okay.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:01 AM   #3 
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White edges usually indicates new growth. This is fine.

Small tears, as you suspect, can be caused by his catching his fins on the plastic plants. You can get silk plants at Petsmart and Petco. Or, you can buy them online.

If you're into DIY projects, you can also make your own:
1) Buy silk plants from craft stores (Michaels, Walmart, etc).
2) Remove the leaves. You do NOT want to use any section that contains metal, such as the bendable stems.
3) Wash the leaves in hot water. Soak them overnight to remove any excess dyes.
4) If the dyes leach into the water, do not use the plants.
5) Assembly your plants. If you need a base, use a bit of aquarium safe silicone to attach the plant to a clean river rock.
6) Let it dry for at least 24 hrs before putting it into the tank.

- Silk plants (costs vary)
- River rocks ($1 at the dollar store)
- Loctite or other brand of aquarium safe silicone ($4.60 at Lowes)
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