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Old 02-12-2011, 06:58 PM   #1 
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Lyre Tail Female?

So I recently got bitten by the Betta bug again, after having my last Betta several years ago. I'm posting here because the female (Sally) that I have is unlike any betta I have ever seen, as she seems to have a lyre tail. I know the picture is very unclear, I'm still getting used to shooting fish in water, and I've only just gotten her. If anyone has any shooting tips, that would be greatly appreciated too! The inside edges of the tail fin(s?) are both completely straight, not a single jagged edge, similar to what i see on my CT. Both sides are identical, and the middle is also smooth. Can anyone give me some insight?

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Old 02-12-2011, 07:17 PM   #2 
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No. That is not a lyre-tail, it is a bad case of finrot. You need to treat with aquarium salt immediately.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:59 PM   #3 
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I don't know if its finrot (why only the center? Wouldn't that effect the whole fin, or at least some on the other fins?) but I would definitely say that looks more like an injury of some kind, and you should probably keep her water really clean and use some anti-biotics.

[edit] I also see what looks to be a healed lesion on her side, so yeah, I would talk to OFL and see what she thinks you should do.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:00 PM   #4 
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Lovely girl.

Yeah, I'm doubting that's fin-rot- maybe someone just took a nip out of her tail.

As said by the posters above me, anti-biotics would do her some good.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:11 PM   #5 
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Thanks for the help. :) I don't think that it's fin rot, she looks perfectly healthy and active, and she doesn't have any stress lines or anything. I have put some BettaFix in her water, as with the water of the two males, as Chester actually DOES have fin rot. The only thing I'm wondering about is that the "fins" on either side are EXACTLY the same, identical in every way, down to the number of spines. The people at the store were told by the breeder that it was some kind of spike tail? But they called it lyre tail, which is a more familiar term for me. I was just wondering if anyone had encountered something similar?
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:27 PM   #6 
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I would not use Bettafix in the water- it's bad for them and can damage their labyrinth organs.

No, lyretail bettas do not exist- probably just a bite out of her fins. Plain aquarium salt should help.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:35 PM   #7 
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Plain aquarium salt it is, I'll pick some up tomorrow!

FuulieQ, who is OFL? By the way, I LOVE that you give your pets full "people" names, it makes me feel less crazy cat lady when other people do it too. :)

EDIT: Will her tail fin grow back?

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Old 02-13-2011, 10:45 AM   #8 
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OFL is OldFishLady Check often for finrot, because it could set in when a bite occurs.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:51 AM   #9 
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All of those bettas are badly sick. Besides the last ct male.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #10 
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All of those bettas are badly sick. Besides the last ct male.
I'm not sure I see how the second one is badly sick. :/ He looks a little scraggly but not like he's about to drop off...

Thanks, Andi. I feel like it's more descriptive of their character. c:
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