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Old 03-20-2013, 04:26 AM   #1 
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Question Betta's tail question

When I got my betta months ago, he's tail looked frayed, not ripped. It's obvious he's not a crowntail.

It's not healing as in the gaps are being filled, but his tail is getting much longer than when I first got him. Ever since I got him, I've been checking for new rips, but things look just the same as when I got him, just longer. I've also checked my plans and taken out some that were just a little questionable. He doesn't rub against plants, so I'm just wondering is a tail like this .. normal? It looks healthy, I don't see anything illness wise.

He's an active, happy, little guy. And with him being the only thing I care for, of course I'm probably an over worried mother or something.



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Old 03-20-2013, 06:06 AM   #2 
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It stands to reason that it will stay looking at little raggedy as all the different lengths continue to grow. When the longest bits stop growing, the shorter bits will start to catch up. :)

Keep an eye on those black tips - they are generally a warning sign of (more) finrot to come.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:06 PM   #3 
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I don't see black ends in person, I think that's the camera or the shadow since he was swimming while I was taking pictures.

But thanks for the comfort. I'm wondering though, if they were ripped when I got him at petsmart, how did they get ripped? They keep them in cups...
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:52 PM   #4 
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try using Stress Coat+ and look for white tips to indicate fin re-growth. also check and see if your betta bites his own fins.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:24 PM   #5 
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try using Stress Coat+ and look for white tips to indicate fin re-growth. also check and see if your betta bites his own fins.
I've had him for awhile now, and I'm 95% he doesn't bite his own fins. My friend's betta bites his fins and those rips and tears look completely different from my betta's. I also watch him a lot, he's on my desk. And I don't watch television, so he's kind of my television. lol.

I'll try and pick up stress coat this weekend when I go into the city to petsmart, or the next time I go grocery shopping (however, I don't like the brands they have for fish keeping)

He doesn't seem to be in distress at all or anything, his tail has been like this since forever, I just didn't know if something was wrong or not.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #6 
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those look like nips from him. naughty boy. :V they're ninjas when they wanna bite their tails. my Veiltail, Pyro, did it without me even knowing, and he was in plain sight of me most of the time!

as long as he's eating fine, and they're not shrinking too fast or look infected(red or black edges), i wouldn't worry about it too much.
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