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Old 03-06-2010, 02:56 PM   #1 
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Fin Curling

Since Demetri Faust is my first CT I've never had to deal with fin curling before but Demetri is starting to get it. Its not too bad but I want to try to nip it in the bud asap. I'll post pics on this thread later so you can see him before and after.

Here are my specs:
  • 4 gallon tank cycled
  • top fin 10 HOB filter.. buffered
  • plastic/silk plants
  • natural gravel
  • 30w CFL Desk Lamp (buffered by a brown napkin so its not so bright)
  • tank mates... one mystery snail on loan from my 10gallon.. removed today
Here are my prams as of today (pre 50% water change):
  • pH- 7.5ppm
  • Ammonia- less than .25ppm but more than 0 (bc it needed a pwc)
  • Nitrite- 0ppm
  • Nitrate- less than 10ppm but more than 5ppm

So what can I do to stop the fin curling? I think it is caused by hard water.. what can I do to soften it without hurting Demetri?

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Old 03-06-2010, 03:12 PM   #2 
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Try Softening it gradually?
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:33 PM   #3 
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I'm pretty positive it's from over-exposed to ammonia for an extended amount of time (AKA being in a petstore cup for just that long). You won't believe how bad the curling on my betta, from Petsmart, was. It hasn't healed, but it doesn't affect them either (The tail itself, I mean. The amount of ammonia-exposure might, however...)
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:35 PM   #5 
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ChristinaRoss helped me with this a while ago because one of my CT's came with curled fins. Some of the time it's from being cramped in the little cups and it could be from ammonia also. She said that if they're in direct sunlight it can help straighten the rays out. Hold on, let me try to find the post.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:43 PM   #6 
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Its not from being in the cup.. he had straight fins when I bought him. Since I've had him they've started curling.. so its not from ammonia because I do water changes religiously.

I can't put him in direct sunlight.. the tank has to stay where it is.
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That's a tough situation...
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Is there some kind of medicine?
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It's possible he didn't get it immediately. The only thing I know with fin curling is ammonia, but wouldn't be surprised if there are other causes (i have veiltails). Never had a crowntail, either.
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Fin curling can be caused by poor water quality and hard water. My water is very hard.. I'm trying to figure out what I can put in it to soften the water that is still safe for the fish.
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