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Old 04-29-2011, 03:33 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Torn Fin?

Today when I came from school, I went to see and feed Lightning and I checked the filter (Mini Bow 2.5 filter) and I saw a fin I think, it was red. When I pick it up to see what it was red liquid came out which I suspect is blood. And he has like a triangle cut on his caudal fin or tail. Also, he has a tear on his caudal (tail) and his anal fin. What should I do? Should I get another filter, if so which one is good for a betta in Mini Bow 2.5? Should I put something in front of it to reduce the flow? WHAT SHOULD I DO?!

Im sorry, Im just really concerned about my fish.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:09 PM   #2 
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Never apologize for asking how to help your fish! None of us want to see unhappy or hurting fish.

I don't know the filter on that particular tank. Is it the intake that's the problem? That can be baffled with an aquarium sponge.

Do you have a picture of your fish? Some of the experts here might have some suggestions about how to take care of those damaged fins!
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That can be baffled with an aquarium sponge.
What does that mean, whats a aquarium sponge? When I try to post a pic it says file invalid or whatever.
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I use an aquarium sponge in my tank; it's attached to the front of my filter to flow the water coming out and reduce the current. It's a black sponge you can get at any local fish store. On my filter, if my fish was getting fins caught in the water intake, I'd wrap one around it and elastic it in place. For some filters, it can be stuffed into the tube so water can pass through but the fish can't go in. It's also a place where good tank bacteria will hang out.

Baffle=slow down the water.
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Thanks a million. Do they sell them at petsmart or petco.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:56 PM   #6 
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Yes, they are easy to find. You often get a few in a package. I use one also to wipe off the inside of the glass during water changes if I get a bit of algae sometimes.
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What should I use to do partial water changes I forgot?
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What should I use to do partial water changes I forgot?
What do you mean?
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Thanks a million. Do they sell them at petsmart or petco.
You could try something like:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...32690#prodTab1
but they have several other sponges and foam pads available.
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For water changes u need a gravel siphon. On a 2.5 gal, people say to do one 50% And one 100% perweek. A siphon will make it easy to remove water from the tank. Also make sure to condition the water and let it sit ouT for 12 hrs at least.
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