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Old 01-29-2012, 06:42 AM   #1 
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First time betta owner with a riped top tin

My betta Fish has his top fin riped.
He has all silk plants so I don't know what he could'a riped it on.
I have had him for 11 days today, he didn't have his fin riped yesterday but when I went to give him his breckfast his fin was riped.
He is in a 20 G filtered(Baffeled) and heated aquarium.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:44 AM   #3 
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Fishy riped his top fin :'( I Have him put into his 2 G tank for treatment while I clean out his 20G aquarium and look over all his plants and stuff to see if anythings sharp
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:28 PM   #5 
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He's a cutie.. glad to see your got your tank up and going :)

It looks like a chunk was taken out.. either he bit it or it got caught.. I'm voting for the first option, as it seems his other fins are quite short as if he had a tail biting issue prior. (I can see new regrowth, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.. just keep an eye for small C and U shapes missing in case he picks the habit back up.)

The top left tall plant, green with long tendril that are bushy/spiky are notorious for ripping fins as well.. so keep an eye on that thing.

For ripped fins you don't really need to do anything other then keep up with the water changes. Normally splits will fuse back after a day or so, but missing chunks could take weeks to regrow. Once you see clear-whitish coloration on the edges then you know it's growing back.

Keep the water clean to avoid fin rot and he should be fine. Avoid medications, as none will actually help him. High protein diet will help promote fin growth if you wish to do more then just keeping his tank clean.
Don't use the Bettafix- it's iffy medication, doesn't usually work and has a watered down ingredient in it that has potential to harm the labyrinth organ. So imo, best to get money back and keep Epsom Salt and Aquarium Salt on hand instead for emergencies as those two cover just about everything.

But overall you don't have anything to worry about, health wise. He just may be adapting to life in a big tank.
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I removed those plastic plants and am going to buy more silk.
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He definitely has a fun tank :)
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I threw out all the plastic plants and redid the aquirum with alll silk plants.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:31 PM   #10 
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Spoiled fishy XD. Keep us updated. If any more damage occurs, it may be fin-biting, but I find it hard ti believe with such a fun tank!
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