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Old 01-08-2013, 04:09 AM   #1 
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What can I do for clamped fins?

Hi all,
Sorry for all the posts as I have explained I'm new at all this so as I'm becoming more educated on bettas I have more and more questions!

I think my boy Julio has clamped fins.
His bottom one seems ok but the one at his butt and the top one (sorry guys don't know the technical names!) aren't flary at all unless he's swimming and the top one is always curled over)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)


Housing
What size is your tank? 3.4 litres
What temperature is your tank? 26 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day in the morning

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Only done it once so far, had him almost 2 weeks
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? About 40%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? De chlorinator

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He's always looked clamped (fins)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't. He's very responsive and swims up to the front of the tank when he sees me
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Only started noticing them since I've been trying to educate myself on bettas
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure have only had him for almost 2 weeks
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:58 AM   #2 
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I have attached a pic of my little friend Julio.
Are his fins clamped?
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:30 AM   #3 
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3.4 liters is a pretty small bowl for a happy betta. He needs place to swim and something to hide and rest. Maybe in the future you could upgrade him to a bigger tank, lets say for example at least 15 liters. It will be better for your fish and a lot more easier for you too, as the current bowl requires many frequent water changes.

Anyway, at this point I would do a full water change as soon as possible. I'm sure that the water's parameters are not good at all due to the fact that you changed only 40% of his water once in 2 weeks. Be careful, the new water should have the same temperature as the one that you removed it and don't forget to slowly acclimatize your fishy. Hope he will feel better after this.

Tomorrow I would make another water change, about 50%. After this, if your fish is happy and healthy, make frequent water changes: 50% daily and 100% weekly water change or even every 5-6 days. If you have gravel, you'll have to vacuum it. Rinse the decorations, if you have any, with warm water. Also make sure not to stress the fish too much during these water changes.

Edit: I've seen your photo only after posting this message.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:48 AM   #4 
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Thank you for your reply.
I too feel like he doesn't have enough room to swim when I watch him but at the aquarium I purchased him from they said this would be sufficient.

So to clarify...do a 100% water change? How do I acclimatize him properly? Sorry I'm really new to this.

Another thing I was told is not to change the water too frequently I was told once a week would be enough... This is so confusing!

Also while I have you, what is the least stressful way (for me and the fish) to remove him from the water? The net is terrible he seems so scared
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:55 AM   #5 
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Petshop employees are usually clueless. If you can I would upgrade to whatever the equillivant of 3 gallons is. I would also add a tall silk plant- one that reaches the surface - they love to swim among the leaves and sometimes rest in them and a cave of some sort.

I also think a water change will perk him up.
1) catch him with a cup
2) empty all the water out in a sinkwater conditioner
3) add a little water back in and swish around the gravel.
4) dump water
5) repeat steps 3 and 4 - to make sure you get all the poop/debris out
6) refill
7) add water conditioner
8) float cup with betta in tank
9) slowly add more tank water to the cup every 10 minutes or so
10) release the fish

you may also need a heater depending on where you live. no idea what 26c is equilivant to. The water should be between 78-82F. I'll let you figure out the conversion

Forget the net. Did he come in a cup? If so use that to get him out of the tank or you can use a plastic cup or mug too.

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Another thing I was told is not to change the water too frequently I was told once a week would be enough... This is so confusing!
That is true BUT it's for tanks that are over 5 gallons and have a fully cycled tank. There are stickies on here that will tell you all about the cycle and how it works - basically if you have a filter, it's gonna grow bacteria and that bacteria will consume the bad stuff - ammonia/nitrite and turn it into nitrate which is still toxic but it takes alot more of it to kill a fish then the other two. Something along those lines...

Without a filter you should only have ammonia that will buildup and the ONLY way to get rid of it is via water changes. For a 1 gallon, you should do 2-3 a week. One 100% and 1 or 2 that are 50%.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:05 AM   #6 
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Ok so 3 gallons is 13 litres (we live in Australia).

I have a tallish silk plant in there already but it's completely submerged.

Is a plastic cup ok to use?
How much water should be in the cup and how long would I float the cup for?
How annoying are all my questions?! Hehe

26 is 78 :) I already have a heater that automatically turns on once it gets below this temp.

Thanks so much for helping me. I want a happy fishy
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:17 AM   #7 
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No he came in a bag.
The last change I did was 5 days ago.

I will do the 100% change tomorrow after work (its llate here now)

so I add a little water every 10 mins for 30 mins? Is that enough time? Then release him back into the tank...
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:21 AM   #8 
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I don't know what to say... I know it's late there, but tomorrow after work can be too late for him :(
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:30 AM   #9 
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Oh no!!! Please don't say that!!
I'll go do it now ...
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:38 AM   #10 
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After you change the water in the tank put the cup with your betta into the tank and let it to float. In this way the temperature from the cup will become the same with the temperature from the tank. Let him to float this way for a while. Then start to add small amounts of water from the tank into his cup every 10 min for at least an hour. Then add the fish gently. I really hope your little Julio will be alright. :) He's a very cute betta.

P.S. It's perfectly safe to use plastic cups, clean and without any trash of soaps or chemicals.
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