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Old 05-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #1 
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Unhappy EE Male ripped off one of his fins :( How to heal?

My sister's fish Triton ripped off one of his beautiful fins. He's an Elephant Ear so I imagine it must be hard to swim with one huge fin and one teeny fin. Any suggestions on how to heal it?




You know what's ironic about the second picture? If you look at the bottom of the tank you'll see a little Nemo decoration. Triton literally turned himself into Nemo! Too bad he's not orange or we'd have to change his name to Nemo. xD
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #2 
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Poor boy!

I will assume that this will be like any other fin, in which you need to keep the water warm and clean.

Can you fill out this sticky so I can further instruct on how to keep it clean?

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:57 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank? --- 5.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? --- 75 Fahrenheit
Does your tank have a filter? --- Yes, suited for 10 gallons
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? --- No
Is your tank heated? --- Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? --- One Balloon Molly

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? --- Aqueon Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? --- Once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? --- Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? --- 50 %
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? --- Aqueon Water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? --- Yes

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: Between 0 and 5.0
pH: 7.4
Hardness: Not covered in test
Alkalinity: Not covered in test

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? --- Ripped off his right fin
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? --- Didn't change, still swims up to tank when I come in the room and swims normally.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? --- Two nights ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? --- Change water every two days now to help healing process
Does your fish have any history of being ill? --- No
How old is your fish (approximately)? --- Got him from Petco so no way to know but approximately 4 months?
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:05 PM   #4 
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Well I'll be the first to say your tank is overstocked with that molly. It's completely possible that your molly ripped his fin off as well, although not probable, it's still possible.

Ballon molly's can get pretty big so either you get a bigger tank or it's going to have to go, I'm sorry to burst your bubble.

Otherwise, good for doing a change every 3 days, you can keep it at twice weekly though with 50%, make sure to siphon out gravel and stuff. Also changing to a higher quality diet will help initiate the healing process, any frozen foods (not freeze-dried!) will be good as well as either getting Omega One or New Life Spectrum Betta Pellets.

Also you should look into getting some Stress Coat Conditioner, it is a conditioner so you won't have to use your other one while using it but it contains Aloe which will help heal his fin up quicker. Although this is probably going to be a slow process, it's best to just keep a very close eye on him from here on out. Watch out for black edging, anything fuzzy or out of the normal looking, alright?

Also, if your heater is adjustable, it would be best to put it right up to 80, although do it over about two days or so, so you don't fry your fish lol. Betta's prefer around 78-80 degrees, anything lower than 75-76 isn't good and your just teetering on the edge. If it's not possible to adjust it, is it possible to heat your room a little more?
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #5 
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Unfortunately the molly is my sister's. She doesn't want to give it up and I certainly cant move her to my 20 gal cause my female Betta would beat the heck out of her. The molly gets along great with Triton and I keep an eye on the water parameters. So far everything is okay. I siphon the gravel every time I do a water change.

Forgot to mention that I feed frozen bloodworms once a week to all of my fish as a treat. ^^

I'll look into the conditioner. The heater isn't adjustable and it's summer so nobody will turn the heater up. :/
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:16 PM   #6 
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well darn, alright then. In which case I think twice weekly gravel siphon is what you should be doing normally to keep that tank clean, Molly's certainly aren't the worst poop machines but they're up there.

Alright then the conditioner is the only thing left that could really help, just keep a hawk eye on your boy to make sure no infection or anything like that is going to set in, that's the last thing you need lol
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:18 PM   #7 
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Thanks for your help! It sure appreciate it. :)
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:24 PM   #8 
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Not a problem, feel free to ask me questions anytime :)
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