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Old 05-05-2011, 10:17 PM   #1 
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Where has his top fin gone?

I moved our betta to his own 5 gallon tank after the current in the 14 gallon tank seemed too strong, or he wasn't handling the cycling of the larger tank well, or just because he stopped acting like himself. I can control the water temperature better and now it's a shade under 80.

I do full water changes once per week and monitor the ammonia. His fins did seem to be getting a little ragged in the larger tank, but it was hard to tell.

Tonight, however, I noticed that it looks like his top fin has nearly disappeared. You'll notice it looks like someone took a scissors to it and snipped it on a straight line. There's no fuzz on that line, but I'm not sure what to do.

This makes me sick. Help?
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:21 PM   #2 
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Probably tail biting...usually caused by stress. It'll grow back in clean water :)
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:23 PM   #3 
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That was an extremely fast response.

Thanks for the fast response. Does it change your opinion to know he's been in his own tank for around two months, and this just happened recently?
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If it wasn't stressed it's his fins...they're extremely long and heavy and he probably just wanted a break ;)
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:15 PM   #5 
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Do you mean his dorsal fin? Where it looks like it was cut off? I don't know if it's just the lighting but it also kind of looks like there's a depression where his dorsal meets his body in the front? I'd keep an eye on it. It could be fin rot that's turning into body rot. Keep his water super clean. Up the changes to twice weekly.

If it doesn't start looking better you can treat with aquarium salt in a quarantine container floating in his main tank. Just premix the salt with a gallon of water and use that for daily water changes on the smaller container.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:15 AM   #6 
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melafix is a good medicine as it helps to promote healing if thats a help ^^
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:52 AM   #7 
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You should research melafix before using it. Some bettas can be very sensitive to it and bettas require a much lower dose than what's on the bottle.

Could he have gotten stuck to the filter intake?
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