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Old 11-30-2012, 10:00 PM   #11 
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I've used sandpaper on plastic and terracotta to file down sharp edges, so you could probably give that a try if you find anything. Just wash it off well so there's no residue.

Another option is to try to "tuck" away anything sharp, so he can't catch his fins on it.

And I bet you could coat things with aquarium-safe silicone to coat the sharp parts. I picked up a big tube of Loctite Clear Silicone Waterproof Sealant at Lowe's recently. It labeled "aquarium safe" and cost about $4.50, and it'll last me a really long time. (I'm using it to make all sorts of decorations now. I just made a little rock 'bench' for my new fish. It took him about two minutes to swim underneath.)

(Not sure about the gravel. My tanks are all bare-bottom. I don't have a filter, so I vacuum frequently with a turkey baster, and it's easier to do this when there's nothing on the bottom.)
That's adorable! Thank you very much.
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Okay guys, this morning I noticed that there's a bright red dot on the end of Vardaman's fin right by where he tore it the other day. It looks like blood, but I didn't think fish blood was red?
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Yes, fish blood is red. Organisms that has hemoglobin in their blood have red blood. (Hemoglobin has iron.) Organisms that don't have hemoglobin may have different colored blood. Crab blood will is blue because they have hemocyanin, which contains copper.

hemoglobin --> contains iron --> red blood (when oxygenated)
hemocyanin --> contains copper --> blue blood (when oxygenated)

At least, that's my understanding of it.... :)
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Okay, well to help stop infection/fin rot I got him some aquarium salt and stress coat.
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