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Old 08-18-2010, 04:23 PM   #1 
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ripped fins

My betta fish has a rip halfway up his fin. He is in a 1.5 gallon tank with some plastic plants, but none of my bettas have ever had a problem with them. Is there anything I can do and will he heal soon or slowly?
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:49 PM   #2 
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Replace the plastic with silk and or real plants.

Do 100% water changes daily with aquarium salt.
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:58 PM   #3 
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My mom won't let me get new plants! She doesn't beleive that they are ripping his fins! HELP!
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Then take them out completely because I guarantee you it can happen.
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:05 PM   #5 
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Plastic plants don't necessarily always rip fins. Take the plants out and run them over with pantyhose (if you don't have any just grab a couple of those sock things the next time you go to a shoe store). If the pantyhose snags your fish's fins will also snag.

For treatment just add some aquarium salt for 5-10 days and do daily water changes. His tail should heal up fine with clean water and the aquarium salt will help prevent infection.
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:30 PM   #6 
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How long will it take?
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:04 PM   #7 
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You can usually start seeing re-growth at 4-5 days.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:33 PM   #8 
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It depends on many factors including

water quality
nutrition
overall health of the fish
temperature

IME a really healthy fish in good water conditions at 80*F you can start to see regrowth after 1-2 days.
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Thanks!
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:51 AM   #10 
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Hey, 1fish2fish is correct! and I have found daily water changes, almost 100%, adding de-chlorinated water, with a pinch of aquarium salt dissolved into the water first before adding. I will feed frozen blood workms for a week or two.

Also something that speeds up my fin recovery 2-3 dyas faster is using dried, OAK LEAVES. OFL, let me know about this one, an I use them religiously!

If you have any Oak trees where you live, look for hangig dead ranches of the ground, with brown dried leaves. Use anywhere from 1-10 leaves depending on the size and type of oak tree it is. I have found White ot Bur Oak leaves to be the best!

Keep up the daily water changes and feeding for 10 days - 2 weeks and your bettas fins should be making some serious progress!

If your unsure, you can post a pic and I will let you know!

Good Luck with the repair!

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