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Old 11-18-2010, 02:23 PM   #1 
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recovering from failed sorority

so the girls planned for the sorority didnt work out because 2 were just too aggressive, so rather than buy 2 more girls and hope that it calmed down, we decided to split it up since we had the tanks to do it. all of the girls fins go torn up a bit, but 3 of them had especially large chunks taken out. The girls are currently split between 2 divided 10 gallons, heated to 80*. We just set the tanks up last night and i dosed 2 tsp of aquarium salt in each tank to try and prevent fin rot. What recommendations does anyone have for promoting rapid regrowth of the damaged fins. I have been reading so many different things about how long it takes for them to grow and what needs to be done.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:31 PM   #2 
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I find that veil-tails and plakats can regrow fin tissue rather quickly, especially compared to the more intricately finned deltas, halfmoons, and CTs with multiple ray divisions. If they're mostly plakats and veils, you should see regrowth fairly soon depending on their age. Warm temperatures, salt, and a high protein diet will all help them grow new fin tissue faster. Just remember to discontinue the use of salt after a week or so. As long as the water is clean, and the fish are under minimal stress you shouldn't have to worry about any infections.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:27 PM   #3 
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well the girl that got really tore up is a delta, and her personality has totally changed. she is currently spending alot of time sitting on the bottom of the tank or in plants in really tight places hiding and now she is ignoring food (she usually devours it like a shark). we have been keeping the water clean and dosing a small amount of salt
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:42 PM   #4 
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She is also holding one of her side fins in close against her body
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:19 PM   #5 
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Not eating and hiding are definitely signs of a possible infection. I would quarantine the fish to prevent any others sharing her tank from getting it. Observe her closely, but do your best to avoid stressing her out any more than necessary.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:12 AM   #6 
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we are quarentining her now. she has deveolped a redish body sore? and it appears she has whitish cottony growths on her body, they are really whispy and hard to see, but deffinitly there. she doesnt swim much and her back is arched like she is pushing her belly out. she just floats around like that with her tail toward the top of the tank. Im thinking a bacterial infection. any ideas? right now she is in a 1 gal critter keeper and im going to dose 1 tsp per gallon aquarium salt with daily 100% changes. what else can/should i do?
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:47 AM   #7 
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Housing
What size is your tank? now in a 1 gal hospital tank
What temperature is your tank? 78*
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none now, was previously in a sorority

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta pellets and blood worms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 6 days a week

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? 50% every other day 100% once a week in the 10 gallon, now 100% daily in the hospital tank
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? aquasafe

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? not tested yet

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? loss of color, red spot on left side, small growth by anal fin, small white cottony stuff in patches along body
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? stopped swimming, just floats at the top of the tank
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? 1 tsp per gallon of aquarium salt
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? roughly 1 year maybe?
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:15 AM   #8 
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She just died
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:29 AM   #9 
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