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Old 12-26-2011, 11:20 AM   #1 
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Betta's Fin is badly niipped

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^- the current injury

It was caused by the guppies fin nipping it. My betta is really non-aggressive, but right now it is flaring out. So we are removing the guppies. One went missing, we think the bichir ate it haha. Well guppies were a bad idea, so they are going.

Yet what can I do to make the recovery better?
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:58 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum......

We need some more information.....
What size is the tank, water temp, how much and how often are the water changes, live plants, filter, additives used, other tank mates, appetite, how long have you had him and any treatments/medication used in the past 2 weeks.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:23 PM   #3 
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I have had my betta for about a week and a half. It is a 10 gallon tank and there are no live plants. Water changes are once a week my boyfriend changes about %15 of the water. We use a water conditioner. I have no treated my betta at all and neither have we had needed to do so with any of the other fish.

There is the bichir, 3 guppies, a swordtail and my betta. The swordtail also has a damaged fin. Well there was 3 guppies, but one died yesterday.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:52 AM   #4 
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I see some of the problems-overstocked and poorly stocked...if this is the fish you have Polypterus bichir-they get pretty big and not suited for a 10gal tank, swordfish get 6+ inches and not suited for 10gal-I would look into getting a larger tank for those...the 10gal should be fine for the Betta and guppies-unless they are the ones nipping the tails- by properly stocking the tank-that may help the stress and limit the nipping behavior and improve the overall behavior of the Betta...

I would increase the water changes to 50% 2 times a week with the current stocking....once properly stocked weekly 50% with vacuum should maintain water quality.

I would QT the Betta and start clean water treatment for now with 50-100% daily water changes over the next 10-14 days-and good nutrition....
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:11 AM   #5 
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Stress coat helps fins regrow
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:31 PM   #6 
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We have isolated the betta, the bichir is small for now, but my boyfriend is going to remove it once it gets to 5 inches.
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