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Old 07-31-2010, 02:22 PM   #1 
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Back fin shredded

I left for a short vacation on Thursday afternoon and just got back Saturday afternoon. Went to go feed him and noticed his back fin was shredded. His top fin and bottom fin seem fine. Could he have possible done this to himself since he was not fed for a day???

I did a complete water change for him and my other betta the day I left and feed them. All looked fine.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:00 PM   #2 
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Is there anything in his tank that he could be ripping it on? I had that happen to me, and I replaced his plant with real ones and I changed his filter to one with less flow, but it was still happening.

Unfortunately, I think my guy has become a tail biter. His tail starts to grow back and then he goes and chomps it all off again.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:17 PM   #3 
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I have the same plant that has always been in the tank.
One thing I noticed is that Mung eats all his food pretty fast. He seems veracious compared to the other bettas I had. I am really starting to think he was so hungry he bit at himself, especially based on your comment.

To be on the safe side I added sea salt to his tank. I'll keep an eye on him and if his fin grows back quickly, I'll know that was the case.

Thanks for the reply.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:58 PM   #4 
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Do you have a pic? It is most likely tail biting.
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:24 PM   #5 
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Just a question, once you add the salt, how do you take it out?
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:47 PM   #6 
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Just a question, once you add the salt, how do you take it out?
change the water. most freshwater aquarists use aquatic salt (not seal salt) on a regular basis as a preventative against parasites ect.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:41 AM   #7 
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Do you have a pic? It is most likely tail biting.
Here is a picture of his fin.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:03 AM   #8 
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change the water. most freshwater aquarists use aquatic salt (not seal salt) on a regular basis as a preventative against parasites ect.

I was under the impression that salt was only used when there was a problem and that long term use of it can cause kidney problems?
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Yes, that looks like biting for sure. I'd add AQ salt to make sure it doesn't turn into fin rot.

There is debate whether long-term use of AQ salt is beneficial or not. I'd only use it until you start to see regrowth just in case. It would also be good to feed him high-protein food during this time, i.e. bloodworms and food such as New life Spectrum. You'll see faster growth than with lower protein, cheaper foods.
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Where can you get New Life Spectrum?
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