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Old 04-03-2011, 11:13 AM   #1 
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biting fins1?

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.65gal
What temperature is your tank? current 74/75
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? alone

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? betta min flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? twice weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 35% 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? water conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? no

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Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? ragged fins after this change
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms? just now
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? 5 weeks?


just did my first 100% change, had to keep him in his cup for a bit longer than before, and when I went to put him back in his tail was horribly frayed!



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Old 04-04-2011, 12:41 PM   #2 
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It is a little hard to tell since the pic is blurry. Are the fins black around the edges? If they are then he has fin rot. If they are not, are there any plants or decor that could tear his fins? Assuming no tail tearing decor I am thinking tail biting. You can either up your water changes to help encourage regrowth and prevent infection or you can start treating him with aquarium salt to ensure no infection. If its fine rot then do the aquarium salt treatment no matter what. 1tsp/gallon, 100% water changes daily, for no more than 10 days. I find it easier to premix in a separate 1 gallon container, put him in the cup he came in and float it in the main tank taped to the side. Daily water changes are just easier that way. I usually float the premix everyday in a second cup in the tank about 30 minutes before I change the water so it is the same temp.

I would also bump up the temp a couple degrees. Mine usually stay around 80.

Hope he gets better!
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:02 PM   #3 
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does it look like chunks are missing from his tail? or more like, say, hair, where it's ripped cleanly in straight lines? if there's chunks, it's tail biting. if not, he caught it on something. if there's black on the edges, fin rot. either way, try to get he temp closer to 80, do daily water changes for a while, and add a little aquarium salt(one teaspoon per gallon, premixed into a cup). either way, it should heal up nicely. :3
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:40 PM   #4 
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it's chunks, I added a bit of stress coat, and I don't think him in a small cup is a good idea. It was him sitting in one during his water change for so long that had him spazzing out. He's acting normally now, blew a tiny bubble nest before abandoning it to beg for food.

The ends don't look black, I'm positive it was biting.

I can move him back into his smaller .9 gal container to do some treatments on him, just won't be able to keep him heated that way

Edit: I realize a higher temperature would be best, but this heater is one of the preset ones, the only 10 watt one I could get

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Old 04-04-2011, 03:52 PM   #5 
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You could use a 25 watt. I have used one this size in a 1 gallon before. I'm not sure where you are located but they have them by Hagen on Amazon.com for $10 to 15 and they are adjustable.
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:42 PM   #6 
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I'm from Newfoundland, and the 10W heater was $30
I'm going to try the heater in the container, see how it does
picked up the aquarium salt and am going to mix that up
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:21 PM   #7 
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Yes, raise the temp, it will help to add aq salt, premixed.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:37 PM   #8 
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trying to heat up his old container, it's smaller, but if I can get it to heat up okay then it should be okay for his recovery, I think
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:02 PM   #9 
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I am happy to report I see what appears to be regrowth :)
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:13 PM   #10 
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Woo hoo for regrowth! It sounds like you are doing your water changes and heating the water to have a healthy, happy betta. Believe it or not, that makes me happy too.
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