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Old 04-25-2011, 02:46 PM   #1 
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torn fins..

so uh, my 10 gal divided tank has 2 bettas, there was a little bit of space in the back where he could have jumped, i just didnt think at the time he really WOULD.. and one of them (the one in my avatar) decided that hes going to jump over into the female side...

k lets just say he got pretty beat up by her. his tail is in pretty bad shape. but he isnt clamping or or anything like that. hes pretty chill actually, acting like nothings happened.
the female is fine though... she pretty much got away with no injuries.

anything to help with the torn tail/fins?


Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal divided in half
What temperature is your tank? 72ish
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? snails and each other

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? pellets and bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? everyday, skip 1 day a week

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 20%
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?

Ammonia: n/a
Nitrite: n/a
Nitrate: n/a
pH: 7.0
Hardness: n/a
Alkalinity: n/a

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? torn fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? none
When did you start noticing the symptoms? this morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? not yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not that i know of
How old is your fish (approximately)? less than 1 year
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:57 PM   #2 
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Since it just happened and you have been maintaining the water quality to start and he is otherwise acting and eating his normal self.....I would just do an increase of water changes for a week or so......10gal filtered needs a 50% weekly with vacuum on a regular basis...I would add-50% water only for the next 2 days and then add a 50% water only the next week along with the regular 50% with vacuum...

I would also increase his food intake for a week or so....high protein meals in small frequent feedings....

At any time you see a change in behavior or the fins look to be getting worse...I would QT in a small container that can be floated in the heated tank (76F) and start a 10 day aquarium salt 1tsp/gal treatment along with 100% daily water changes......
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:46 PM   #3 
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LOL

This exact same thing happened to me over the weekend, except it was my female who did the jumping into troubled waters. Both of my babies got quite roughed up... but oddly enough, they both seem HAPPIER than ever now. o_O

Sorry I have no advice to offer... I just thought it was a funny coincidence. I hope all of our fishies get better soon.
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:53 PM   #4 
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lol haruhi's a pretty tough girl.. roughing him up like that. -__-;;

how long do you guys think its going to take for the fins to grow back? i know finrot is something to watch out for now that hes pretty torn.. but it shouldnt be too much of a threat as long as my water is clean right?
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Regrowth rate varies...generally you will start to see the start of new growth within a day or so, however, depending on how bad the injury, infection, ray involvement, genetic, age, nutrition and water quality....it may take longer and often in really bad cases especially in older fish they never return to their full glory....full regrowth can take weeks to months.....
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