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Old 11-08-2013, 01:34 AM   #1 
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pectoral fin damage...please help!

I've owned my betta for about a year and a half now.

My betta has always been very active and energetic.

I always change the water once every two weeks or so.
Since I don't overfeed him, the water has always been pretty clean.

Because the weather was getting cold lately, I put a submersible heater in his tank and he seemed to really like it.

I've had the heater in his tank for about a week or so, and I started to notice that my fish was really close to the heater. I thought perhaps he just likes being warm and didn't pay much attention to it. I fed him and he ate well.

And about two days ago, I just got a bit worried about him being so close to the heater, so I turned off the heater and took it out for a while.

That's when I realized that something was wrong...he stayed in the bottom of the tank on one side and couldn't really get himself to come up to the surface of the water.

I did some google search and read in some posts that some kind of bacteria could cause such symptoms, so I immediately moved my fish to an empty bowl with clean water. That's when I noticed that one of his pectoral fin is damaged...

He doesn't move much. But when I feed him, he comes up to eat.

I don't know if he burned himself on the heater or got some bacterial infection...

But will his pectoral fin recover fully?

Please advise. I don't want him to die...
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:16 AM   #2 
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How big is his tank?
What is the temperature in the room he is in?
I know what you talking about when you scared the betta get closed to the heater , but its safe . I think a lot of betta do it , i don't think they get burned. My bettas do it too and i always was scared.
Do you have a filter or you just doing regular water changes?
How much water changes you usually do (%)?
Can you post a picture?
What do you mean pectoral fins damage? Does it has black, discolored, ''smudged'' edges?
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