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Old 06-16-2011, 12:16 PM   #1 
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Exclamation SEVERE fin damage....will it ever grow back normal? *PIC*

Saw this guy at Petco today when I went to get cat food... I have never seen anything like it! :( They have him marked half off...$1.99. He is really perky, believe it or not, and swimming ok....but is it possible for his fins to ever grow back normally?






There are pieces of his fins all floating around in the cup!!!!!

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Old 06-16-2011, 12:21 PM   #2 
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Just clarify, I didn't bring him home, I wanted to what you guys thought his chances were...
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:53 PM   #3 
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Awwwww..poor guy.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:28 PM   #4 
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I'm sure having a bigger tank and some nice, fresh water with regular changes would do him some good - so I'd say that yes, he could make it and his fins should grow back!
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:19 PM   #5 
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have i ever mentioned how much i detest petco? poor thing.. even if his fins don't grow back, a nice, clean tank with lots of room (and maybe even a betta hammock http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=4055997 ) will do him a world of good.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:42 PM   #6 
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Fins grow back.Sometimes it takes awhile but they do grow back.
I wish my petco gave disounts on injured fish..I always end up having to buy my fish sick and full price ...
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:55 PM   #7 
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With warm water, daily water changes and aquarium salt, his fins will grow back. I got one from walmart that had either bad fin for or serious ammonia burns, maybe both. Anyways I got him and even in a 1 gallon he florished.

I also used stress coat which has aloe and that's supposed to help fins regrow.

My theory is, if the fish is still active and alert with no other visible issues minus fins, he should be able to recover.

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I wish my petco gave disounts on injured fish..I always end up having to buy my fish sick and full price ...
me too, but then I would have 100 fish in 100 tanks and that alot of water changing
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:00 PM   #8 
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IF he's bright and alert, I see no reason why clean, fresh water changed frequently and a high protein diet wouldn't get him back to looking more like his old self. I'd say go for it (but then again I'm an enabler)
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:48 PM   #9 
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You guys are NOT HELPING me control myself, LOL!!

I had no idea they could regrow fins damaged to that extent...

Why couldn't he be blue? Red is sooooo going to clash with my daughter's God-awful pink rocks/pink and purple decorations that she insists on....LOL
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:26 AM   #10 
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( They have him marked half off...$1.99. He is really perky, believe it or not, and swimming ok....but is it possible for his fins to ever grow back normally?
I would think that if he appears active & alert, and he doesn't seem to have any infection from the damaged fins he would do ok with treatment.

Several days ago I bought Groovy Grape who was in a fight at the lfs over the long weekend. He has some pretty torn up fins, including just a stump of a pelvic fin on his right side:



..... but he looked ok otherwise and I decided to get him as I couldn't pass up his purple colour!

And, if you get him, I got some advice from OFL and she said for me to LOWER my temp (I keep tank at 80F) to about 76 - 77, as well as salt. Reason is that flexibacter (everpresent in tanks) can take hold easier on a compromised fish in warmer temperatures. So, being one to take good advice from very reliable sources.... I lowered my temp. :)

If you get the betta, good luck with him!!

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