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Old 11-23-2010, 07:35 PM   #1 
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Something wrong with fish's tail

I can't get a picture because my camera isn't that good and Kwimby won't hold still long enough. For almost as long as I remember Kwimby (my blue veil tail) has had a little bit of white on the ends of his tail, not a good white but a dull white and his tail has looked ragged. Today I started looking though and it looks like sections of the end of his tail are hanging by a thread. Can you tell me what's happening?

I have a 10 gallon tank divded 3 ways with 3 male bettas. I use a Marineland 5-15 gal filter. I don't know the parameters of my water but I've kept my bettas in it for a long time now with no problem. I don't have any real plants, just silk and plastic which I've kept with no problem and Kwimby loves them as does my other fish.

I kept him and my other betta in a one gallon tank from August 8 til November 13 and I only did a water change once every two weeks (I know...I know better now) and I established my 10 gallon divided on November 13 and I've done one 50 percent water change and plan on doing a 50 percent water change once a week.


I just realized you can KIND OF see it in pictures.



That is Kwimby around when I first got him in August.



That's Kwimby today.

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Old 11-23-2010, 08:10 PM   #2 
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omg the second one had a difference becuase the first with out the spreading of the fins it looks like the fins are degrading. ohya i know kwinby i hear or read about him all the time.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:19 PM   #3 
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I don't quite understand what you're saying haha
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:36 PM   #4 
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Something else I just realized when feeding my fish today. The top of Kwimby's water...not the other two sections...just Kwimbys looks clouded and swirly. WTF IS GOING ON? :(
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:55 PM   #5 
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Looks like tail biting to me.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:23 PM   #6 
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What can I do? I'm so scared. I just did like a small water change and took out all the plants that might possibly have been snagging him along with a skull decoration. I don't know what to do.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:57 PM   #7 
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It is hard to tell, but it doesn't look like rot by that pic-are the edges of the fins discolored? I would move him to a different section and do the water changes...often that is all it takes...remember it take time for them to heal-so don't expect it to look better over night regardless of treatment...if can take up to 7-10 days to see any improvement-first signs of healing are usually white in color or clear-sometimes they will get their color back depending on how much tissues and ray involvement as well as the age of the fish

Also good nutrition is important-increase his feeding to 2-3 times a day in small amount but not so much that he bloats-if you have frozen or live foods to feed this will help as well
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They're barely discolored. Maybe a tad bit white.
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White is good usually-often a sign of re-growth.....
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:45 PM   #10 
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Thats good then. So I should just do a 50% water change every day for 10 days and then twice a week for how long?
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