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Old 05-26-2013, 12:51 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Tear on tail or sick?

Hi, He was perfectly fine last night before I went to bed and then this morning when i woke up his fin is torn! I cannot identify the problem.

http://postimg.org/gallery/74td1o5y/00b20db8/ I uploaded the before the after photos
The first five was 2 days ago. The last three was just this morning.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 G
What temperature is your tank? 76F
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? twice and 3 times a day. one pellet each time

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? every 2 or 3 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 35%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aquarium salt and prime dechlorinator

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH: 7.2-7.6
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Tear
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? no
When did you start noticing the symptoms? not much, he has those white edges since i got him, but aprox 5 days ago i found a hole in his tail. 2 days or so ago i found his top fin curled.
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)? got him 2 months ago
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:12 PM   #2 
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Your tank needs to be heated. Never use aquarium salt for more than 10 days, and it looks like his fin has been ripped by a plastic plant or something
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:24 PM   #3 
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Yeah, i ordered a heater but it arrived broken yesterday so i need to get another one.
I removed the house with plant. How long will it take for the ripped fins to heal?
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:27 PM   #4 
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About two weeks. Just keep his water clean
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:44 PM   #5 
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Silk plants can prevent his fins from being torn again. Stretch out pantyhose and rub if on the decor, if it catches or rips in can rip your bettas fins.
Clean water is all he needs and he should be better soon :)
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #6 
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After i took the decor house out he looked so lonely and only spent time with the other tiki bar. I then plugged out all the fake plants off the house and sanded sharp areas. I actually ordered live plants a while ago but they aren't here yet. But I just happened to get some live plants and a heater today.
So this is what the tank looks like now. I hope he will be better and happier soon...

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Old 05-26-2013, 11:11 PM   #7 
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Nice tank :) But when you get plants the gravel might be a bit big. I'm not sure though.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:01 AM   #8 
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Thanks. I put half sand(for plants) and half gravels. There are more plants coming in.
Also, i heard that white tummy is a sign a stress? My fish have a pale tummy but he has it since the first day i got him. Is he stressed or it is just his color?
I keep the tank on my desk so whenever he saw me waking up in the morning he swims up to me like crazy. He looks excited to me. o.o
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #9 
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Aw that's cute :) My bettas use to do the same lol

If its been like that since you got him and hasn't changed then it is probably his coloring. I had a betta who had a tummy quite pale compared to the rest of him and it was like that for years. If it loses color or turns grey or orangy that is when you might have a problem.
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