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Old 03-05-2013, 01:42 AM   #1 
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Ripped off fins?

My betta has been in her home for around 2 months now and I just noticed today that she has a huge portion of her back fins gone. I have been watching her fins carefully to see if the plant has torn or anything and I have never seen anything. I noticed today that there is a section of her fins gone, what should i do? Here is a picture of before and after..I dont see the fins in the filter or in the tank anywhere. I feed her freeze dried blood worms..Could she of thought that they were food and ate them?
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:54 AM   #2 
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Your betta is a male, and yes he could be tail biting
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Howd you know he is a male? well shoot haha now I have to come up with a new nickname. Could he be biting his own tail?
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:29 AM   #4 
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There are a number of different ways to tell, but the most obvious is that the fins and tail are huge. Females have little fins. Google image male betta, then female betta, to see the primary difference. :)

To help him heal up, make sure the water stays amazingly clean - whatever your water change schedule is now, double it - and keep it warm, at least 80F.

If you are feeding only freeze-dried bloodworms, you need to switch him onto a pellet diet (try New Life Spectrum - widely considered to be the best). Bloodworms are high in fat and should only be treat food.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:44 AM   #5 
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okay awesome..I am getting a new heater in that I was gonna use for my other tank but I can take the one out of the bettas tank and switch it with the new one..Thank you for your help. You have been very helpful..Will they heal back the same as they were or smaller? because he was very beautiful
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Okay I just ordered the New Life Spectrum pellets online since im in college and have no car to drive anywhere to pick them up. It says that these pellets tend to sink. What kind of experience do you have with them?
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It's possible that they won't grow back to their full glory, but they will definitely become gorgeous again. When I rescued my first boy, Apollo, his tail fell off almost completely within a few days, but it grew back all the way again. (Then fell off again, then grew back again...repeat for his entire life...but this is unlikely to happen with your guy).
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Okay. So he is biting his tail off? He didn't get stuck in the filter or anything horrible like that?
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Males have the showy fins. He is a crowntail male
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Males have the showy fins. He is a crowntail male
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