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Old 04-24-2013, 03:44 PM   #1 
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Fin tears

My veiltail has a 2nd large tear in his tail fin.
Yesterday one developed, and now an even larger one has developed.
There are no rough or black edges, just a slits that are about an inch long.
A few days ago a tried a nerite snail with him (didn't work at all) and he flared waaay to much and became very stressed for about 5 hours so I removed the snail.
I had a small .25 ammonia spike(assuming from the snail) so I did a 50% water change yesterday.
My readings today are not quite 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and 15ish nitrates.
Water is constant at 79/80F

I am starting to wonder if one of the plastic plants is causing this??
But, he has been in this tank for 2 months with no problems until now.
Do you think is is from stress/flaring?
I'm not sure what to do right now.
There is a fake hairgrass plant in there that he sleeps/rests in..could it be that one?
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #3 
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Try to run an old pantyhose to the plastic plant to see if it snags or tears it, if it does, then you know that it would also do the same to your little guy, and once the fins tear, it will grow back, but it won't be the same as it was before unfortunately :/ You can also change it to silk plants, they are a lot better than plastic ones
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Try to run an old pantyhose to the plastic plant to see if it snags or tears it, if it does, then you know that it would also do the same to your little guy, and once the fins tear, it will grow back, but it won't be the same as it was before unfortunately :/ You can also change it to silk plants, they are a lot better than plastic ones
If I knew where to get silk i would have bought them. I can't find anywhere that has them. It's either plastic (massive selection), or real (limited selection).
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If I knew where to get silk i would have bought them. I can't find anywhere that has them. It's either plastic (massive selection), or real (limited selection).
Try a hobby store / craft store or Wal Mart for silk Plants.
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Try a hobby store / craft store or Wal Mart for silk Plants.
I guess i could try that...do you know if they have smaller ones?
I only have a 2.5g and the tank is small.
What do you use to weight the plant down?
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