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Old 07-30-2012, 12:29 PM   #1 
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How to treat betta with badly torn fins & lots of missing scales.

Diavolo (Red Alpha) nearly killed her, but was kind enough to spare her eyes, pectoral fins, ventrals.

Going to keep Senetti in next to my desktop till she's healed up.

Other than the way she looks, her behavior is normal once she was removed from the aggressor.

Swims fine, and still exploring the tank for snails.

Here's a photo from the 1st week I brought her home till a couple days ago.



I have a higher resolution 3000x2000 photo if you can't make out her injuries. Send me a PM if you want the link.

Senetti is already in a ICU recovery tank with some conditioned & diluted Kosher salt water.
  • Any suggestions on what I should do to help her heal faster?
  • Is there any special type of food I should feed as well?
  • Fins have healed, no signs of any infections or fungus.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:31 PM   #2 
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Aquarium Salt and very clean water. Scales heal slower than fins so as long as there's no infection they're healing. Clear fins mean the fins are growing back and the color will show up later on. High-protein foods such as frozen foods will speed up the growth of new tissue. Sorry she's in this state. :/
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:19 PM   #3 
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+1 to LTB.

After my attempt at a sorority failed, Teeney had some nips on her anal fin and a big chunk out of her dorsal. I don't know exactly how long it took to heal, but it's been 3 weeks and her fins have been back to usual for awhile now.

I'm sure you already are aware but only use AQ salt for 7 days.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:46 PM   #4 
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What is Kosher salt water?

Ditto to LTB.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:08 PM   #5 
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I'm not sure of the makeup of kosher salt but as long as it doesn't have iodine or anti caking agents, and is pure rock salt like ice cream salt, its fine. I'm sure he checked? (hoping at least)

Can use a salt treatment for 10 days (per OFL) *scuffs* didn't want to correct you teeny. :/

I'm not sure of the strength you are using on your salt treatment MSG but probably stick with 1tsp pre-disolved per gallon so its fish blood strength and won't burn the missing scales. She's not infected or anything right now is she?

I'd Keep her at 80-82 degrees and she should heal up nicely. Sorry she got so injured poor thing.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:08 PM   #6 
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Kosher Salt Water = Kosher salt dissolved in conditioned tap water.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:30 PM   #7 
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What a pretty lil girl! Hope she heals fast! Sparta and Moonie send their best healing wishes!
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:59 PM   #8 
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I'm not comfortable with non-aquarium salt being used for fish.
I think you should use straight AQ salt.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:42 PM   #9 
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I have pure sea salt too in the cabinets, but I usually finish my dishes with that & depending on where it was harvested, it can have all sort of different minerals & electrolytes.

That's why I usually stick with the kosher because it is manufactured to specific regulations.

Also another bonus, is it dissolves a lot faster than the aquarium chunks.

Twilight, yep using that exact ratio salt/water ratio.

Salt is salt. The aquarium salt is less refined. The salt companies do that on purpose to make you think it's a different type of salt & charge you more for it.

The Morton's can of salt that most people cook with I use specifically for cleaning and rinsing veggies/fruit. I also use it to clean my copper bowls. Oh yeah, I use it to sprinkle on top of slugs too.


The only salt I will pay more than $2/lb for is the type you eat with. Especially the French, Himalayan, Celtic & the Hawaiian reds.

I'll stop the salt thing @ 9 days. 7 days remaining.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:31 PM   #10 
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Hey LebronTB,
I'll definitely stay on top of the water changes.

Frozen foods for fish is one thing I don't have an abundance of though.

Which kinds of iced foods in particular do you recommend? Wouldn't live insects work just as well? Like fruit flies?

Also is it best if I keep her away from the others so she doesn't flare her fins?
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