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Old 12-27-2011, 02:23 PM   #1 
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Question Just Curious...

I have had my betta for about a week and have been enjoying him greatly. I just was wondering if his fins are okay. There is nothing in the tank that should tear them, and no tears have shown up. It's just that his fins have this strange shape/growth pattern I haven't seen anywhere else. I have it outlined in red in the attached image.

Is this just like a birthmark, or is it related to some sort of disease I should treat. He seems healthy and swims around very actively.

P.S. Not that I don't like the growths, I think they kind of make him unique

Thanks for any information on this matter!
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:44 PM   #2 
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I have no idea what this is, or if there is a name for it, but one of my boys has it to. It was once suggested it could be from hard water, but I'm not entirely convinced. Thankfully it doesn't seem to be harmful.

Who knows, maybe someone can educate both of us :)
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:56 PM   #3 
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One of my fish has the same thing, but smaller. Like Silverfang said, it seems to have no ill effects. I would love to know what it is though!
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:26 PM   #4 
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Well glad to hear nobody else has seen any ill effects related to it!

Still wondering what caused it though (I'm thinking it's genetic?)...
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #5 
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I was wondering if my boy got it from a traumatic shipping (he was an import) and had some major issues trying to reacclimate.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:20 PM   #6 
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Hmm any experience I have had with it... was with bettas who have had traumatic damage to their fins, via tearing, severe fin rot, and sometimes biting.

Most common that I have seen, is in severe fin rot cases... where the fins in sections rather than at the end deteriorate, causing the fins in the center to be thinner... when it heals, it heals awkwardly causing a bumpy or lifted appearance. This appearance, is the grow back - not the sign of the actual fin rot

It also, can be from hard water - or metals in the water. This is more common to curled fins, rather than the bumps/lifted areas, but it does happen.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:39 PM   #7 
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I know that crowntails will curl in hard water. That is probably what has happened here. Hard water luckily doesn't hurt bettas, just their fins.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:40 PM   #8 
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That's why bettas are hardy They can live in most hardness of water... with some problems here and there.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:08 PM   #9 
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I can honestly say it wasn't caused by any sort of rot. In my boys case it looks like the rays or veins just decided to spiral and curl. It varies from a simple "kink" to being a complete spiral.

Actually, you might be on to something about the thinner sections, Champagne as the thinnest and most delicate looking fins I've ever seen. I was thinking it did look like part of his fins just grew, wrong, for lack of a better word.
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:58 PM   #10 
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yep I find it more common in bettas with longer fins.... Maybe the longer fins happen to be thinner, with the ones I've gotten? o.o Crayola had that wonky growth look, too, and his tail grows to double his length if he'd let it.
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