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Old 04-29-2011, 09:52 AM   #1 
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Small hole in top fin!

The small hole appeared overnight. I was testing the water ammonia level last night and it showed .50 (which I think is wrong because I was suspicious and tested my tap water and it showed the exact result... another story though). Regardless, I did a 50% water change.

Before the change, he did seem a little spastic, but he had made his first bubble nest so I thought he was alright. Then I woke up this morning to find he developed a small hole on his top fin. How could this be? It doesn't look like a tear... I'm quite sad and worried.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:01 PM   #2 
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Can't find edit button on my phone... here's more info:

Housing

What size is your tank? 3gallon

What temperature is your tank? Constant 78

Does your tank have a filter? Yes

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? No

Food

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari micro pellets, aqueon pellets, frozen brine shrimp

How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day


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? 50%

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime conditioner

Water Parameters:

Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?


Ammonia: false reading I think.. showed .50 before and after water change.. tap water showed same result even after thoroughly rinsing the test tube

Nitrite:

Nitrate:

pH:

Hardness:

Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment

How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Small hole in top fin

How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Sorta spazzy

When did you start noticing the symptoms? Last night before the water change

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No

Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, had him for about two weeks

How old is your fish (approximately)? Not sure
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:37 PM   #3 
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I dont know what could cause that but you can add aquarium salt so it can get better.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:59 AM   #4 
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It may be fin rot. Harley already had fin rot but in the process he also developed a hole in his fin. If it is fin rot, water changes are the most important thing you can do. You should normally be doing at least 2 x 50% changes per week.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:37 AM   #5 
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Yes, water changes are his greatest ally. Do the edges of his fins look curled?
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:03 PM   #6 
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I had the same problem with my betta. the hole just magically appeared. i suspect there was more wrong with him, but developed a serious case of fin rot and died. PM old fish lady for dosage of salt. i put my betta in a small QT container and added about 1 tsp of ice cream salt to a 1 gal jug of water treated with conditioner. then i changed the water every day. you may need more salt depending on severity of the fin rot.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:31 PM   #7 
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Thanks for the replies guys. The hole has healed. I'm surprised how short of a time span the hole appearing and healing can occur.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:22 PM   #8 
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Yes, Joshs fins got nipped, then I put him in QT, then suddenly, all better!! Haha lol
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