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Old 03-10-2010, 06:28 AM   #1 
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Unhappy Stopping Fin Tearing?

Backround: ok, so about a week ago i noticed that my Veil Tail betta, Knight, was gettin some rips in his tail! i looked at it but there was no black spots,i tryed to post a thread on here (did not work for some odd reason) after that i put off finding a cure.
i just showed him his mirrior last night and his abdominal fin tore almost completly in half! so he now ooks like a crown tail and he has an extra torn fin. (ps. he is the only fish in the tank) (pss. i figured out that too much activity tears his fins quicker and sorry i cannot post a picture at this time)

Tank supplies and stuff:
2.5 gallon tank
food: topfin color enhanceing betta bits
4x per week: Freese dryed brineshrimp
Water conditioner/ declorifyer: Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus
Water temp: 72-80F (i am haveing tropubles keeping the temp up)

Questions
  • basicly how should i go about healing him?
  • Should i confine him in a smaller tank?
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:51 AM   #2 
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How much and how often are you making water changes and when was the last one?
I have found the best treatment for torn fins is fresh clean dechlorinated water with daily water changes for about 10 days and then regular twice weekly 50% water changes on tanks 6g and less to provide a healthy environment and removing any uneaten food in between water changes.
If you suspect a secondary infection I add aquarium salt 1tsp/gal, IAL or oak leaves, high protein diet along with the daily water changes for 10 day
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:59 AM   #3 
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I agree.. I've been using that method for a while and it works great. My fish always start showing significant improvement in 3-5 days. Water changes are the key.. I don't care what illness it is water changes ALWAYS help in healing.

Do you have a heater? Having stable temps is a great asset.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:26 PM   #4 
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i make water changes (100%) once a week the last one was on friday.
so i should be doeing a 100% water change evry day now for 10 days?
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:30 PM   #5 
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I would do 50% changes daily and continue to do your 100% change on Fridays.
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