ugh. sounds like T^T
he was almost black when I got him home so I couldn't see the red at first, which means if there was any potential-tearing red marks I probably couldn't have seen them either, so I can't concur on that, though I am watching...
the first time it ripped was over-night, so I didn't get to check it out till the morning when I saw it. I added in the salt that evening if I remember right, or else the next day, because he'd already looked wilted and I was really worried. it healed quick after that, clear at first like people say it tends to, all except for that stupid little triangle. it was a little discolored, darker I think, but I just figured it was sortof like a scar, same way our skin discolors after a cut..
after I started using tap water was when the really pretty sky color started at the edges, almost immediately as soon as I added it in. and he kept doing great for awhile.
if you want compare it;
most of the red on mine seems natural, typical pattern on common blue VT's, he's still steal colored though and the blue's died down a tad <T^T>
it's dark now and I don't wanna wake him, but I remember the red bits like this:
according to this diagram
it started on his ventral fins, like overnight, BAM next morning HUGE red streak, freaked the hell out of me because I thought it was bleeding D: then some vague red on his gills, but not the burns, he's got one or two thin lines on them that sortof outline the shape of the gill, reddish brown, behind his eye-- people say this is a common marking and as long as it's not accompanied by illness symptoms it should be fine.
there were some faint tinges of red starting to come out on his anal fin, ironically enough these actually became more obvious AFTER the wilting started coming back, but don't appear to be burns or anything;
there may be some on his dorsal fin and tail, I think I remembered noticing a few tinges in the tail when he gets where there's light behind him, and I can't remember the dorsal, which he's been drooping again lately. :/
they're still really hard to see.
what base color is your guy's? it may be natural coloring... strange the rip started as a red streak though, >.<
and haha, my mom was actually teasing me for them >< thankyou ^-^;
the awful part of coming up with names is that you're then stuck absolutely dying to find the fish that go to them ><
yeah, I might try doing daily 50's for a bit and see if it helps, since the cycle bacteria aren't in the water.
the heater is pre-set so I don't think I can heat it up, but when I add in water I'll make sure it's a little warmer so it raises it rather than lowers it, and it's supposed to be a warm week which might help.
I'll see if my pet store has any frozen available, but when I was looking around for feeding options for my frogs I never heard anything of it. ;-;
and I will check on the stress coat, I think maybe the little bit caused by the salt last time was what helped it a bit; and stress coat alone should be okay for the plants I think...
thankyou for the tips, I hope they'll help him and Nexangelus's fish heal up soon >-^
he doesn't seem bugged by it but it would give me peace of mind and I'd really love to see his colors...