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Old 04-24-2010, 08:10 AM   #1 
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Do broken fin rays repair themselves?

I'm looking to get another betta and there's one I like the colours of, but it looks like one of the rays on his dorsal fin is snapped/broken. Is this something that would mend, or is it likely to be a permanent defect? Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:03 PM   #2 
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It will definitely heal, given good water clarity and parameters. Do water changes, aquarium salt if you feel it is necessary, and it shall return to as normal as can be. It may not be 100% perfect, but it will be very close.
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Thanks. I guess I can't understand how it could straighten back up rather than remain bent forever.

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Old 04-24-2010, 09:45 PM   #4 
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And it just heals normally. The tail doesn't "disappear"...it's more like it is removed. If it is removable, it is replaceable, no? Haha.

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If it is removable, it is replaceable, no?
It isn't a missing or torn fin, the ray is snapped in two, as if you got a flower stem and snapped it. It's broken and bent, not missing. That's why I can't understand how it could fix itself to be straight again.

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Old 04-24-2010, 10:38 PM   #6 
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Ahhhh I see. It will eventually fall off, and then replace itself. It will not actually heal back to one stem.
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How will it fall off when the fin is still attached to the rays on either side of the broken one?
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:57 PM   #8 
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I can't say for sure. My betta went through the same thing. I can't say I saw it fall off, but all I know is that it's healed. It wasn't too long ago either, it only took a couple of days to make me notice that it's healed.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:33 PM   #9 
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I've been checking out this fish for a couple of weeks. It seems to have been there each time, but that's hardly surprising when he's stuck in a small container.

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I see. Well I've been good on water changes, so that was definitely helping. Go for him!
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