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Old 06-19-2013, 08:55 AM   #1 
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Fin issues in cycled tank

After treating my betta for rot with AQ salt a few weeks ago..he was placed back into his newly cycled 2.5g (cycled with ammonia while he was out of the tank)

It has now been a little over a week and his fins are a mess again. His dorsal is shredded and there is a tear in his tail. I'm worried about rot again.
The params are good: 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 15 nitrates

Why would this happen again? I could take out the only plastic plant, but it has been in the tank for 4 months previous with no issues.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:03 AM   #2 
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What kind of filter do you have? Could the filter intake be causing his shredded fins?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:11 AM   #3 
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What kind of filter do you have? Could the filter intake be causing his shredded fins?
No, i have the Fluval pre-filter sponge over the intake. It's the filter that comes with the 2.5g minibow.
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Could he be tail biting?
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:39 PM   #7 
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Sounds like tail biting to me. I'm pretty familiar with it because both of my males are fin biters (one much more than the other).
But that's what my major tail-biter's fins looked like when he first started doing it- not bites, but tattered and shredded. Then he would start biting it short.
The trigger was when his filter got gunked up and was coming out the overflow, making the water current all crazy. But he's in a different tank now, on the opposite side of the divider from the filter, but I think once he started biting it, he realized it made him feel lighter, so he just continued to do it whenever they started getting heavy again. He even keeps his ventrals short.
Anyway, your filter could be the trigger. If it makes it too difficult to swim, he might start biting his tail.
My other male bites his dorsal fin and sometimes a little bit of his tail.

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