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Old 09-15-2011, 11:53 PM   #1 
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Will my Betta's side flippers grow back?

Ok so I tried to breed my red salamander butterfly halfmoon male with my white platinum halfmoon female who is a tad bigger than him.. now they were doing fine lil chasing and nipping, everything look normal and then they started wrapping.. but she was too large for him and after a few tries i decided ok its not gonna happen and i took him out and put him in his tank.. i saw that his tail was nipped a little bit and thought it was nothing and then as i looked closer to find that his side fins had been torn.. his flippers are almost gone! she must've nipped at it! i am horrified and i feel horrible! will his side fins/flippers grow back??

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Old 09-16-2011, 01:33 AM   #2 
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They should grow back just fine. Clean water and maybe some stress coat and he'll be good as new.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:33 AM   #3 
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By flippers, do you mean the little fins that are always flapping away? Those are the pelvic fins and although it's unusual for them to get injured, it does happen in situations like yours (ie, breeding). They should grow back within a week or so but during that time, be sure to keep the water clean with extra water changes and maybe use some aquarium salt to minimize the chance of infection. If you have it, Stress Coat will really help too. If your guy seems to have trouble swimming without his fins, maybe lower the water level until they grow back.
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:51 AM   #4 
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By flippers, do you mean the little fins that are always flapping away? Those are the pelvic fins and although it's unusual for them to get injured, it does happen in situations like yours (ie, breeding). They should grow back within a week or so but during that time, be sure to keep the water clean with extra water changes and maybe use some aquarium salt to minimize the chance of infection. If you have it, Stress Coat will really help too. If your guy seems to have trouble swimming without his fins, maybe lower the water level until they grow back.
yea its the fins flapping on the sides next to the gills, i can't believe she ripped both of them off.. but thank god it'll grow back!
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:04 AM   #5 
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They do grow back. My one guy ripped half his off when his tank fell on the ground a long while ago..Keep his water nice and clean and warm and lower his water if he is having troubles swimming.
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yea its the fins flapping on the sides next to the gills, i can't believe she ripped both of them off.. but thank god it'll grow back!
That's an aggressive girl! O.O Your poor guy is probably like, "Man, what a woman!"
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That's an aggressive girl! O.O Your poor guy is probably like, "Man, what a woman!"
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That's an aggressive girl! O.O Your poor guy is probably like, "Man, what a woman!"
yea it really suprised me, because she wasn't so aggressive with my white platinum male.. maybe because he's larger and can hold his own, and he'd usually be the one picking on her.. but yea i feel really bad for my red salamander BF.. seemed like he really wanted to breed and was still trying to wrap with her even with no flippers(i hadn't notice yet only noticed they were struggling, maybe thats why!).. maybe i will buy him a girlfriend when he gets better.. one closer to his breed...
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