King is his name not his size (he is pretty big though, and older). He has a approx a pin hole size tear in the almost exact middle of his anal fin. I think I know how it happened. He was playing on top of a plastic plant and I noticed a tiny, tiny piece if something that was his color. I took the plant out over a week ago.
His parameters are normal.
He eats pellets x2am. x1 noon, x2pm (maybe an extra now and then for a treat). He has one day of fasting (Monday).
He has a filter.
He has a heater (temp 75-78).
um he has a unique situation. He gets tired swimming around his cylinder 3 gal. He mostly lives in a rectangle critter keeper (approx 9in long, 4inch wide, and 6inch deep). Ya I know it's small but he is the happiest and most active in it. He gets excercise in his large tank atleast every other day. He swims and plays for a few hours and when he starts to tire, I move him back to his apartment tank. The apt. tank is inside the 3 gal. tank so it's heated and when he is in the 3 gal tank it's like a labrynth for him.
In his apartment tank he has several plastic plants (not the ripper, took that out) and some smooth stones. In his 3 gal. he has several of the same plants, smooth stones, his cave (again smooth) and his apartment tank, filter and heater.
Oh water changes, I change the apartment tank 100% every other day, and the 3 gals, 40-75% 2x a week. He is due for a 100% water change Sunday and I am thinking of completely submerging his apartment tank (at mid level). Right now the water line is 2 inches below the outside if the apartment tank, and 1 inch below in the inside of the tank. I don't want him to hurt himself trying to get from one to the other.
If he needs salt, can I use epson salt? I would prefer not to feed him blood worms, I am paranoid about parasites. His behavior is happy and normal. Will the hole repair itself even in the middle of the fin? I tried to get a pic of the tear, but it doesn't show in the pics. Sorry so wordy. I tried to include everything to save time.