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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
While cleaning old water out of his tank, my half-moon beta jumped into the sink and fell down the disposal! I was able to rescue him after being in there for a minute, maybe a bit longer, but he is badly damaged. A large piece of his long beautiful tail came off! I put him back into his clean tank and he has not been moving too much. I put a little food in the tank for him and he swam around to get it a few times but he is swimming very choppily compared to before. I am very worried about my baby! I am glad to see him swimming around but what is the likelihood he will survive? Any tips to help him heal?

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Your guy is probably very traumatized from his ordeal, and should be active again in a few days. Although fin loss looks terrible, it is often just "cosmetic", and they will grow back if kept in clean, warm water. Fill out this form so we can give you more accurate advice on how to help him along. :)

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
My beta lives in spring water in a gallon sized vase. The temperature is probably around 75-80 or warmer. My beta has no tank mates. I feed my beta aqueon all natural beta food and I feed him a few 2-4 pellets 2 or 3 times a day. I change his water to fresh spring water once a week and use no cleaners on his tank. I use all natural spring water every time. My beta seems a little more sluggish after his incident and he is swimming poorly, but he is still being active which I think is a good sign. He ate a few pellets of food although he struggled to swim up to them. His tail and pectoral fins seems pretty badly damaged. I bought my fish from petco about a month ago and I love him dearly!
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