I have a 5.5 gal, filtered, heated, cycled tank and all water parameters for ammonia, nitrite and nitrates are good according to my api liquid kit. I feed him live daphnia twice a week and another flake and bloodworm dried mix.
Well I've done some extensive research and I'm confused as to how I should be treating my fish, given that it has clamped fin without symptoms of disease.
It is active, eats properly and is responsive. However, he has torn fins from some decorations in his temporary tank and on top of that, the last third portion of his tail fin and anal fin look like they've been clamped together. As a result, he doesn't look 100% healthy now that he's in his 5.5 gal although he has full colors, often extends his ventral and dorsal fins and exhibits no signs of bacterial, fungal or parasitic infections (ie ich, velvet etc) upon close inspection. Over the past two days I've also come to the conclusion that his 'tattered' look is due to the poorly selected decoration and not fin rot - he simply doesn't have the symptoms for fin rot.
It's been a week since I've moved him into his new tank and I've already done two 50% PWCs while adding a small amount of aquarium salt and necessary conditioner. His anal fin has fanned out where it's closer to his body, but I cannot seem to help him get both ends of his fins back to normal.
Assuming that the temporary tank had subpar water conditions and lack of heating, I'm assuming that the clamped fin will heal as long as I keep up with water changes in his new 5.5 gal.
Does anyone know of any other contributing factors to clamped fins? I've heard PH can contribute to fin curling which he has a bit of, but at a hardness of 7.4, i don't think the hard water is the only factor involved.
Thanks in advance!