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Old 05-02-2012, 03:46 AM   #1 
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Torn fins

Hello, this isn't an emergency, but my halfmoon betta boy seems to always tear his fins during water changes. I assume it's because he's trying to swim away from me and the net or cup so vigourosly that he "blows" his fins. He heals the rips within a few days and seems perfectly healthy otherwise, but I'd like to know if there's any way to prevent this from happening in the first place.

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Old 05-02-2012, 03:53 AM   #2 
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Don't chase him with the cup. Try to coax him in. Don't use a net because a net will damage fins. I put the cup behind mine and gently tap the side and they usually go in fine. If not I remove some water so they have less room to run.
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Thanks, I'll get rid of the net and try to take it slow for the next water change. He's such a resistant and fast little thing, he didn't even fall for the "food in cup as bait" trick the last time I tried it, nor does lowering the water level make him any easier to catch (which is why I recently bought a net in the first place).
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fast little stinker eh? It takes time. Keep trying with the cup and move slower. He will eventually get used to it. My Red swims into the cup now when I lower it. It's hilarious. He's like, "Okay mom, time to clean my room"
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