So ever since my boyfriend got his halfmoon, Blue Angel, he has slowly been getting tears in his fins. When we first noticed it, we weren't sure if it was tailbiting or tearing, so we did everything we could to minimize stress and removed any decor we thought could possibly have done the damage. I have known for sure from the beginning that it is not finrot because of the time frame each tear has occured and the shape and nature of the injuries. All seemed well for a while but the other day we noticed that he had a new clean tear all the way down to the base of his fin!! We now know he must have caught it on one of the plants because he is an awkward swimmer (I suspect he has compressed organs and swim bladder because he is a double tail and has a short body, backed up by the awkward swimming and frequent constipation).
**My question is basically if he can feel the tears at all and if they are hurting him. He is acting normal, and I would rather not resort to medication just yet, but I do if he is in pain. I know some of you are going to ask for all the general info, so I will provide some of it even though I already know what happened to him.**
5 gallon unfiltered, unplanted tank. Water changes according to OFL schedule (50% once a week and 100% once a month). Water params perfect. New Thydor Theo heater keeps water at 80 degrees.
He is fed a mixed diet of pellets supplemented with frozen bloodworms and freeze dried daphnia, bloodworms, and mysis. They are not very high quality pellets but we will be getting top quality as soon as we can.
We have had him for about a month, without any other sign of illness/injury except for occasional indigestion. I would guess that he is 4-7 months old.