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Old 03-15-2013, 06:31 PM   #1 
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Torn fin from overflaring?

Housing
What size is your tank? 3 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 82
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? Omega One Garlic Marine Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets for breakfast and 3 for dinner

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Mondays and Fridays
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% on Mondays and 50% on Fridays
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Haven't tested

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Tear in his tail, about a centimeter long
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About two weeks ago, when I moved him into his 3 gallon KK
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, not sure what I should do
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Mild case of fin rot once before
How old is your fish (approximately)? Full grown, had for about 3 months

I introduced him into his KK a couple weeks ago, and he was swimming around, flaring at EVERYTHING. I just turned off his light and left him be so he could relax, but the next day, I realized there was a tear in his tail. It was a clean cut, so I know he didn't tail bite and it wasn't fin rot. I figured he just flared too much and it tore.

I'm not sure what to do to help it heal. I've kept his tank at 82 and kept up on water changes to prevent fin rot from setting in and making it worse, but I don't know any other ways to help it heal. It's been two weeks and I haven't seen an improvement at all yet. What should I do?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:48 PM   #2 
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Can you post a picture?

Are any of the edges discolored? Or are the edges the same color as the rest of his fins?

The best way to heal torn fins is with warm, clean water. Your water temp is OK, and your water change schedule looks fine.

Some people have reported good results with API Stress Coat. It contains aloe, which is soothing, and helps promote healing.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:18 PM   #3 
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I would expect tears to fuse quickly.. mine have all fused together in 12-48 hours.

Try adding stress coat at 1 ml per 1 gallon and if you can find it vitachem at 1 drop per gallon.
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Can you post a picture?

Are any of the edges discolored? Or are the edges the same color as the rest of his fins?

The best way to heal torn fins is with warm, clean water. Your water temp is OK, and your water change schedule looks fine.

Some people have reported good results with API Stress Coat. It contains aloe, which is soothing, and helps promote healing.
I'll look for some next time I'm out at the store. The edges of his fins aren't discolored or anything. He's happy and healthy as always. He made a HUGEEE bubble nest earlier. I really don't think anything is wrong with him health wise. It's just that the tear isn't healing.

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I would expect tears to fuse quickly.. mine have all fused together in 12-48 hours.

Try adding stress coat at 1 ml per 1 gallon and if you can find it vitachem at 1 drop per gallon.
Thanks. I'll look for both of those next time I'm out. :)
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