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Old 02-21-2012, 01:09 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Clamped Fins?

My betta fish Aqua lives in a 5 gallon heated, filtered tank. he was fine before today. My heater broke down so I went to switch it out. The new heater is in but his fins are clamped and he in lethargic. Could this be because of a period of cold water he experienced? I will try to get pics on...how do you get pics on again?
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Sudden temperature swings will most certainly cause stress, and clamped fins are a sign of stress. Keep an eye out and look for any other conditions. Don't use any medications unless you have more to go on than clamped fins.

Have you tested for Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate? Anything over 0 ppm for all but Nitrate can cause those problems as well.
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Nitrite is wayyy over 0 ppm. He has stress stripes also and I made a new thread just now.(Half update and half question)
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Do 50% water changes daily until both ammonia and nitrite are at 0 ppm.

The aquarium cycle usually takes 4-8 weeks to complete.
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