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Old 11-19-2010, 08:12 PM   #1 
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Possible clamped fins?

I'm not sure if my betta has clamped fins or not, or if he does if I should be concerned. I have only had him about 2 months (came from pet store), but the tips/edges of parts of some his fins look kind of curled against itself, which I am assuming is clamped fins. Don't remember if he was like this when I bought him. But it's probably been like this for at least a month, if not longer. Does not seem to be getting worse. Behaviorally he seems great, very attentive, eats normally, builds bubble nests. He lives in a 5 gallon filtered tank. Temp usually around 78 -80 F (will be putting in his heater soon as it's finally starting to get chilly here in FL). Do 1/3 water changes every week. Eats about 2 - 3 food pellets per day. Use API Tap Water Conditioner with Stress Coat to dechlorinate his water - no other water additives used. Does it sound like he could have clamped fins? If so, should I be concerned or take any actions as long as he's acting normally? I can try to take/post a picture later if you think I need to. Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:23 PM   #2 
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A picture would be helpful, but his fins could be curling due to high ammonia levels. If your tank is uncycled, you need to be doing larger and more frequent water changes.
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