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This is my new boy, Crusoe. He is active and healthy but has that strange thing on his tail. Although it looks like a hole, his tail is part cellophane and I've checked and am 100% certain that there IS fin in that area, no hole whatsoever.

He has had this mysterious thing since I found him in the pet store three days ago. It curls to one side and does not flow like the rest of his fins do when moving. As you can see, it looks brownish and stiff. This is the only spot he has it and I was wondering what it is. When I first saw it I thought Fin Rot. However, it is not melted looking and NO part of him anywhere is looking frayed, shredded, melted, or is missing for that matter.

Could it perhaps be a problem or is it a strange thing that he was born with?

Since I've had him, he's been in water at a steady 78 degrees with some aquarium salt added to help relieve stress and perhaps even help that tail ailment. He has already made a bubble nest and does not show any signs of sickness. He wasn't even nervous or lethargic when I first put him in his tank, just active and explorative. I never saw a fish transition so perfectly, which is why I wonder if it is a problem at all.
 

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It's quite common when fish have gotten a damaged fin, or have been in ammonia sludge. My ol' boy Georgie, his fins looked like crinkled tissue paper - and they somewhat still do. It's from ammonia as he lived with goldies all his life!

Then my cellophone Voldemort, he got it from when he chewed his fins. So did El Dorado, and even Spartan near the end of his life because his tail was munched on.

I would stop the salt treatment, mainly because a damaged fin is usually nothing to run out and medicate - it usually clears up with warm and clean water (like Georgie's fins which have gotten 50% better) or if it doesn't, it's just a peculiar mark that'll be there for his life.
 

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Where'd you get him from? He's beautiful!!!

It doesn't look like a problem~ Portal Prime had something like that on his bottom fin as well but it had curled up from being in his cup for a long time. But on yours it looks like it kind of grew that way o.o
 

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As long as it isn't life threatening or health threatening, I don't mind. I like his curly tail, its cute. I had a feeling the ammonia must have been high because he was swimming in poop when I got him, though it wasn't too bad, and PetSmart was hesitant to let me test his water. If I wasn't short on time and they would have done so quickly, I would have.
 

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Thanks Zack! He was an amazing PetSmart find. I had sworn that I was going to find either an orange or a yellow as my next betta...so of course they had both and I had to choose. He's got so much personality, though, I had to go with him. I'm glad it isn't anything serious. I just like to double check.
 

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Oh of course! Sometimes you never know =D It's actually pretty common, mainly in pet store bettas or sometimes crowntails/halfmoons in harder water.
 

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Thanks Sena! Its always better to be safe than sorry and I always value as many opinions as possible. I never saw this before and although I thought it was cute, I didn't want to ignored it just incase it wasn't so cute after all.
 

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I know what you mean! Part of Georgie's dorsal is still crinkly, but it'll be permanent :lol: I've attached a picture so you can see what I mean about his fins... I've seen it sadly, so many times! :lol: but it's what I do :p The dorsal is what is seen in this one, and where it "folds over" it's really ust crinkled. He's begun biting his caudal, but I expected that when it would thicken again.
 

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My boy Champagne has the same thing, in his anal, dorsal and ventral fins. Aside from occassional fin splitting, he doesn't have any trouble. It's mostly a cosmetic issue. Just keep his water clean, clean, clean.
 

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Aw. Poor boy. He's so pretty, though!
 

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Oh yeah, and he's enormous -.- and a grumpy ol' fart >< If fish were people, this would be the one coming after you beating you with his cane mumbling nonsense about the war -.-
 

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Hahaha. Love it!
 

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i have a female that has a permanent issue like that. Her tail got damaged, and then healed like that. I suspect it could be surgically fixable... like re-tearing it, but that would be too dangerous. They're just too small for surgery, and it probably doesn't affect their quality of life anyway.

as it is i would stop the salt.
 

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Well I think it would heal correctly if he somehow bit it off :eek:
 

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First of all, that fish is soooo pretty! Great find.
My sister's fish has kind of the same thing only it happened after he bit of half his tail, it grew back sort of funny. It looks a little crinckled and there's lighter spots on it but he's fine.
 

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My boys anal fin is close to two inches, however the bunching and curling is so severe that it is growing apart in places.

 

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This is my new boy, Crusoe. He is active and healthy but has that strange thing on his tail. Although it looks like a hole, his tail is part cellophane and I've checked and am 100% certain that there IS fin in that area, no hole whatsoever.

He has had this mysterious thing since I found him in the pet store three days ago. It curls to one side and does not flow like the rest of his fins do when moving. As you can see, it looks brownish and stiff. This is the only spot he has it and I was wondering what it is. When I first saw it I thought Fin Rot. However, it is not melted looking and NO part of him anywhere is looking frayed, shredded, melted, or is missing for that matter.

Could it perhaps be a problem or is it a strange thing that he was born with?

Since I've had him, he's been in water at a steady 78 degrees with some aquarium salt added to help relieve stress and perhaps even help that tail ailment. He has already made a bubble nest and does not show any signs of sickness. He wasn't even nervous or lethargic when I first put him in his tank, just active and explorative. I never saw a fish transition so perfectly, which is why I wonder if it is a problem at all.


MY BETTA HAS THE SAME THING! I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE....he is recovering from a torn fin though, but my Betta"s fin does flow, but it looks EXACTLY like that. I would also appreciate some answers!
 

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Melted fins (can be from hard water, depending HOW hard), fin damage (rot, biting, chewed, torn, etc), growth defect, are the most common.
 

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My CT's all have funky things like that going on with their fins - like little hooks at the end..
 
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