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Hello everyone! This is my attempt at creating a journal for my sweetheart Sushi! She's getting older each day and I just thought I would talk about how she is doing here and there. Mainly as a way to cope, because as I said, she's getting old, and I am trying not to loose my mind. I got Sushi 2 years ago, Labeled as a "baby boy" at Petco. I got her during my "Teenage rebel phase". I got kicked out of school for bad grades, lost all my friends, got into the wrong crowd, ect. I was a bit lonely and decided to walk to Petco(which was 2 mins walk from where I lived at the time)and check out some fish. I went to the bettas and saw the baby bettas. The babies were STUNNING. So beautiful and colorful! But a small little brown one caught my eye and I knew I had to have him!(labeled as a boy at the time). I was in online school, so I lots of free time so I called my dad up and asked him if he could transfer $15 into my bank account so I could buy "Lunch" lol. He gave me $15 and I went and bought my baby, a small gallon tank, gravel, and a house. I ended up telling my dad what I bought(because I was excited and guilty)and he laughed. He got home that evening and we went back to petco. He bought me an adult betta, 2.5 gallon tank, gravel, plants, and another house! (as well as food and other supplies) I named that betta Jose, he sadly died 4 months latter(S.I.P love). Anyways I was so excited about my fish. Months started to pass and things got a lot more difficult. Parent were getting back together, I was going to that stupid public school again, things were not going fantastic. Each day was hard, but coming home each day and playing with Sushi through her tank glass made up for it. Did I forget to mention I had NO heater or filter? Yeah, I didn't know ANYTHING. Sushi went through so much because of my lack of knowledge lol, poor girl eventually turned into a tank. She could go through anything and come out perfectly fine lol! Sushi has always been my best friend through a lot things I was going through, and I love her to pieces for that. I learned to clean up my act and my family and I got onto a better relationship, which made everything so much easier. It was still rocky, but it was growing. Things took a fall again. My relationship with parents almost destroyed. It all resulted in me spending almost all of my time with Sushi. I was just so lonely and unhappy, but being with her made things better. Fast forward a couple months. I change my attitude completely, as well as my life, relationship with parents and family is awesome(still to this day) and things start to make a good change, with made things so much better! My parents were able to explore my love for my fish, meet them, play around with them, ect. Sushi was never and still to this day is never considered "a fish". When my family talks about her, they call her by her name. It was nice to share my passion and be able to be taken seriously. So, Sushi was considered a part of the family, our finned baby. Fast forward a couple more months and we buy a house. Everything goes AMAZING. Sushi is happy, I am happy, family is happy. My new room is facing the front of the house, which is facing the rise of the sun, so I was able to pull my blinds up early in the morning so Sushi could have some natural light before turning on her Aquarium light and boooy did she love it! And still does!! Fast forward a couple MORE months and Christmas rolls around. My Grandma sent me $100 dollars and I bought Sushi a 10 gallon tank and a bunch of plants! She was so shocked when she went into the tank that she didn't move just looked at everything as if she was a bit nervous! (I forgot to mention I put her into a 2.5 gallon before this)She was going from a 2.5 gallon to a 10 gallon! She absolutely loved it! She hads slept every night behind the filter and every morning comes to greet me at the tank, still following my face and my finger everywhere, she truly is an absolute sweetheart! As I said, I have had Sushi for 2 years, and it is starting to show. She now has Cataracts, which is not to bad, she can still find my finger and chase it and she can still chase her food pellets! She has also spent more time laying at the bottom instead of the top(she is not sick). So just lays at the bottom and if I come up to her tank, she immediately swims to my face super fast to greet me!!<3 She no longer sleeps behind her filter every night, she sleeps mainly at the bottom, and every couple nights she sleeps behind the filter She was my first fish, and I love her so much. I'm not exactly ready for the upcoming months, but I just thought I would share her beautiful life with you guys. 0:)
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Well written. Sounds a bit like my life right now, but grades are good. I'm trying! My parents think that I'm not, though, LOL. Will be following! :D
 

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Thank you so much! I'm glad your grades are good! Mine as well! It gets hard sometimes, I am in online school so my parents can see what I do and they know I am trying, but before that, I was in public school and my parents ALWAYS thought I wasn't doing my best. "Try harder" "You aren't doing your best" "I know your smarter than this" Blah blahhh lol! Thanks so much again! :) :)
 
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>>UPDATE<<

Hello! Just doing an update on my sweetgirl! I figured I would do any update every 2 days. She had been doing pretty good! She laying at the bottom a bit more but she has started sleeping behind her filter a bit more like she used to which makes me happy! She is still eating good which is an amazing sign. The awesome/strange thing is that she has cataracts but is still able to chase her pellets like a pro! It's like she still has perfect eye sight! It's absolutely amazing! Lately she has an a rather odd obsession with the filter lately lol. She has been getting blown away by it recently which is weird because that never used to happen. She is probably obsessed with it because she's probably wondering what is pushing her away lol! Poor girl:laugh:If you guys have seen my recent threads/posts you would know I have 3 baby bettas that I am currently raising! I always put their tanks side by side with Sushi's so they can see each other. At first Sushi hated them! Especially Petra! But now she seems to enjoy their company! I was initially raising the babies to put in later on with Sushi as a sorority! Buuutt she's getting rather old and I don't think she would be able to handle the energy of a couple youngster lol! I have been thinking about just purchasing a 5 gallon tank to put Sushi in by herself and buying a couple more Female bettas to put in the sorority instead. I am 99% sure one of the babies I got was a male but I just could not bring myself to take him back to the petstore(we kinda bonded... lol!)But Sushi doesn't seem to mind the babes but I don't feel 100% comfortable with adding young females with her because she is 2 years old. Buuutt the babies bettas are still definitely babies and will be for another couple of months so I am gonna put this out of my mind and think about it in another month or 2! Other than those few things Sushi has been doing pretty good. Still eating like a champ and swimming like one(most of the time!) Will update again in a couple days! Thanks so much for reading!

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>>UPDATE<<

Hello everyone! Another update on my girl! I haven't been able to update in a couple days because of the Flood evacuation. Sushi was evacuated with me as well as all of my other bettas. She was perfectly fine! I don't think she cared to much, lol. There is another small chance that there will be another flood evac, and Sushi will be comin along again! So, all of my fish tanks are on my looooong low dresser. It has a third leg in the middle for support which is awesome! Sushi's tank is on the far left(It's left if you are facing the front of it.)and my bookcase faces the dresser. Well, my mom bought me some new bedroom lights at ikea and they're purple!!(Much better than my last ones, they were really bright and slightly disturbed the bettas!)Well, Sushi sleeps behind the filter and the purple lights shine directly into where Sushi sleep so she wouldn't sleep there until I covered that side with a towel and now she sleeps there again! Also, Sushi's tank has EXPLODED with algae! Diatom to be exact. Which makes perfect sense because her tank is fairly new. I posted a thread about it and some of the members(LittleBettaFish(thank you!)and another member in which I cannot remember their name(sorry and thank you!)told me that it was not harmful which made me very relieved! I am going to do a water change tomorrow. I also have to take all of the plants out, soke and clean them, then I have to scrub the house thingy she has, clean some of the sand, take the filter out, clean that because it's covered in algae as well, as well as the heater so that has to get cleaned as well, THEN I have to clean all of the algae up. My mom took me to Petco and bought me some Tetra algae tablets so after I clean everything, I'll drop one in there! One fizzy disk cleans 10 gallons which is awesome. I'm a bit worried actually because the box says that it contains Copper which can be harmful to fish but if I follow the directions it "shouldn't" harm the fish. It shouldn't or it for sure wont!?!? Ugggh I stress to much about my bettas. Sushi was my first betta fish and I raised her from a baby. She is MY baby and I wouldn't be able to handle anything bad happening to her especially if it was because I didn't do something right. Well, I'm confident I'll do everything right! Guess we'll see! Also, Sushi has developed some white specs on her left pectoral fin, but it doesn't seem to harm her in anyway, well not yet at least, she still happy as ever! Here are some updated pictures. Thanks for reading! Will do another update soon!:smile2:

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Hello all! Apologies for not posting an update for a while. I just wanted to wait until I could have lots to talk about, and I do! Sushi has been doing awesome! She is resting at the bottom of her tank more but when I try to take a picture, she just swims back up really fast and excitedly! She's adorable. If you guys have read some of my other updates, you would know that Sushi developed Cataracts(there are pictures of her cataracts on my first journal update!)or so I thought they were cataracts... her eyes are almost completely cleared. I don't think it was cloudy eye. She could see fine and was acting normal. But correct me if I am wrong but I do not think cataracts go away.. so what was the cloudy slate over her eyes!? Oh well. I'm just glad it's gone<3. I am seriously stressing out. I have always wanted a betta sorority and when I found out Sushi was a girl, I thought it was the perfect opportunity. I was so caught up in the moment and went and bought some babies to raise not even thinking how it could affect Sushi. Sushi is my first betta ever. She is my beloved betta. My baby. How on earth am I supposed to put in a bunch of young females in with Sushi? 1.) She's 2 years old. 2.) She's massive. And I am not exaggerating. She is literally the size of a Male King Betta. She's large for a female. I just don't want anything bad to happen. I love all my bettas. I can't get a separate tank for Sushi because I don't have enough plugs. And even if I did, I'm pretty sure if I did get a new tank, my house would blow up. Arrrrg! I'm so frustrated. I wish I would've thought this through. I'm sorry Sushi. But the babies are now toddlers and they still have quite a while before they grow up. It's super funny because whenever my mom comes into my room Sushi gets soooo angry! She starts flaring and throwing herself at my mom lol! And my mom gets super excited when my male, Tutankhamun flares lol. Each time she comes into my room to see my fish, she always talk to them in a baby voice lmao. It's pretty awesome. My mom deserves a lot more credit than I give her for putting up with my love for fish and not treating me like I'm annoying or that my hobby is stupid. So thanks mom<3. So, I got these purple lights to hang in my room(I think I mentioned in my last update)because I hate the dark lol and the hang around my bookcase and Sushi's tank is right next to it and the purple lights shine right into her tank so I have been using a towel to cover her at night but the purple still shines a wee bit. I think it's aggravating her. I just wish so badly that people could understand my fish hobby. People think I'm "obsessed". Seriously? Soooo if I talk about fish here and there then I'm considered obsessed and weird? But you can talk 24/7 about shoes, purses, jewelry, what new electronics came out blah blah and it's normal? Whatevvvvver just leave me alone lol! Well, I need to do homework lol. Will do another update on my precious girl in a few days. Thanks for reading guys.:smile2:
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>>UPDATE<<

Hey all. Doing a sudden update because Sushi isn't doing okay. Yesterday I posted a thread asking for help because her poop was white and stringy. Yesterday morning I took the towel off the side of her tank and she went ballistic. Swimming at crazy speeds, developing stress stripes, slamming into everything, the only way I can describe it, is that she literally looked like a ping pong ball. Her caudal fin and her dorsal fin are starting to shred and she wont even come up to me when I go up to the tank. She just backs up slowly and squeezes herself between the heater or she'll hide behind the filter(which has been her sleeping spot for months) She keeps hiding behind the plants, hardly moving and I can't get decent pictures. This is not Sushi. I've had her for 2 years and we have the best bond anyone could have with a betta. She always swims happily up to my face and swims around excitedly. She isn't hardly moving now. I'm so worried about her. I'm going to feed her in about an hour and see if she takes. Will be doing another update in a bit. Thanks.

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Hey all. Doing another quick update. Sushi ate. Thankfully. She still wont come up to the glass like normal and when she does, she gets completely freaked out over me or my finger. I still do not understand why her fins are starting to rip up. It took a while to get her to stop ping pong balling around the tank. She was literally slamming into everything, I thought she was going to knock herself out. My mom was saying that it could be her time. I mean she is 2 years old. But I don't believe it. I'll be doing another update in a few days. Thanks for reading.
 

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Hey all! I know I said I would do another update in a few days, but writing everything do and hoping someone is reading make me feels so much better. I went out at about 3:30, absolutely terrified to leave Sushi alone. Fed her 2 pellets and went out the door. My mom took me to Petco and bought me a betta leaf. Sushi's fins are starting to tear up and I'm unsure why. I put the leaf by the heater so she could sleep or hang out somewhere other than the heater and filter, not to mention the heater seems to be her place of choice right now. When I came back home, she was actually in a good mood! She was very excited to see my mom and I! She didn't even back away! Now, she's kinda moping around again, starting to back up when I come near the tank. Hopefully she'll use the leaf, she's definitely interested in it that's for sure lol! I'll be doing another update in the morning. Honestly, I'm terrified. Thanks for reading. :)
 

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Hey all! Sorry for not updating this morning, I had Math tutoring. For. 2. hours. Man it's exhausting. But I got Panda Express afterwards :) Sushi's pretty much the same as yesterday. Starting bouncing off everything in the tank again. She only acts happy when it's time for feeding. About 5 minutes after she eats, it's back to moping around. She usually hangs out by the heater but the fact that she isn't happy anymore scares me. She was such an energetic little girl and now she has no interest for anything except food. I'm glad she's at least eating. I don't think she'll be losing her appetite anytime soon lol. I still cannot understand why her fins are starting to tear! Maybe it's because she's literally bouncing off everything in the tank and the plants are cutting her? I thought maybe it was the filter or heater, because she hangs out behind the filter but not anywhere near the part that sucks up the water. I thought maybe the heater because that's her new favorite place. That or the far right back corner. I got her the Betta Leaf yesterday but she has no interest in it whatsoever. I may just put it in Tutankhamun's tank. Arrrg. This whole thing is super frustrating and so confusing. There's just nothing I can do. Well, that I know of. I just don't understand what this could be. All I know is this starting happening when she had that really long stringy white poop. My mom suggested constipation but I don't understand how that could be. She has been eating the same exact amount of pellets everyday for 2 years. She's not bloated either. Oh well. I'm not to worried like I was yesterday. I think the time to panic will be when she stops eating, but I don't think that will happen. Well, hopefully. Anyways, I'm going to keep watch of her over the weekend and see how she does. Will do another update soon. Thanks for reading guys. :)
 

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Hey guys. Doing another another update. Sushi pooped last night and it was brown! It was long, but brown! She's pooping again, and brown! I'm happy is isn't stringy white again, but ever since she pooped the white long stringy poop, she hasn't been the same. Even though she's now pooping brown, her behavior is still the same. So it is a parasite? Or what? I'm so unbelievably frustrated. I read that if it was a parasite, then her poop would be white and stringy all the time. How am I supposed to fix her is I don't know what is wrong with her? Someone mentioned that there's a slight change it could be dropsy, so now I'm constantly checking her from above. Still can't figure out why her fins are shredding. I was viewing some photos of her a couple months ago and her ventral fins were so long! Now, they're almost gone. They're so tiny now. She also has this white thing on the back of her head. It's sticking up, but I'm unsure of what it is. It isn't open. She also has a bump on the left side of her head. What in the heck is happening to her. It's like it's the same thing everyday. I wake up at the crack of dawn to take the towel off the side of her tank to let the morning light come in, she literally goes nuts, slams into and slams off of everything in the tank. Then she sinks down the the corner and doesn't move. I go back to sleep. Wake up about 3-4 hours later. She's still in the same spot. I go up to her tank to make sure she's alive. She goes nuts again. I open the lid to feed her, she happily eat, I turn on the tank lights and they day is started. She spends most of the day lodging herself in between the plants in awkward positions or literally hanging her self onto one of the plants by her tail. Oh and can't forget her love for the heater. She's doesn't back away from me as much though. She does in the early mornings or when she's having a panic attack(?) but when she calms down, she swims up to my face and just watches me and follows me. I've been spending alot of time by her tank. Watching her nonstop. She's in my bedroom which makes things better, because I can see her and see can see me. She's just not the same, energetic, super happy Sushi anymore. I'm just happy she's eating. That and the fact that she literally sinks down in front of me to watch me when I come to her tank instead of swimming away in fear. It's like she exhausted, but still makes an effort. I'm so sorry sweatheart. I just don't know what to do, except love you and hope you will be okay.

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I'm not sure what it could be. :( :( I've never seen anything like that before. You said her poop was stringy white, but then it went back to brown, but her behavior was still weird? I really can't be sure what this is.
 

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Thank you for the reply. :) Her poop was white and very stringy. Now it's back to normal but sadly, her behavior is not. Has no interest for anyone or anything, except the heater and the corner of the tank.
 

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Hey all. Doing an update. Sushi isn't doing good today. Not at all. She ate, which is good. She's been getting less active each day. Another morning of ping ponging around the tank. She's currently on the heater, facing the back of the tank, not moving whatsoever. I keep waving my hand in front of her every so often just to make sure she's alive. Her fins are completely torn up. Tearing up more and more each day. I still cannot, for the life of me, figure out what in the world is tearing up her fins. I'm so confused, frustrated, and so sad. It's like I'm watching my baby deteriorate right in front of me and there is nothing I can do about it. As I said before, she's isn't really moving just hanging out on the heater, occasionally swimming down and sinking to the corner. I showed my mom and was talking about how Sushi was acting, and my mom (Clueless about fish) was like "Maybe she's tired" "Maybe her sleep schedule is messed up" I'm sorry her what? Sleep schedule? No. My mom saw her ping pong all over the tank (Which was horrifying)and my mom goes "Look she's excited!" No mom. She isn't excited. She's worse than yesterday. Hardly even moving today. I'm so sorry sweetheart. You know I love you.
 
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Hey guys, doing another update. I know it's soon, but I just like to keep you guys updated. Just fed Sushi lunch. Gave her a pellet, and then decided to try brine shrimp. She has never had it before, but I've heard it's really good for betta, and that's it's pretty rich in nutrients. I know you probably shouldn't feed betta's a new food after they've been on a certain one for some amount of time, but what else can I do? The brine shrimp I have are in cubes, so I broke off a piece and fed it to her and she happily took. :) She's perked up a bit! Not a whole lot, but a little. She still hangs out in the corner but she's been swimming around, which is absolutely fantastic! Hopefully the brine shrimp helps. Even if it helps a just a little bit. A little help is better than none. Thanks for reading guys. Will do another update soon. :)
 
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Hey all, just doing another update. Sushi was pretty much the same this morning. Hardly moving at all, resting on the heater. She ate some brine shrimp this morning, which she really seems to be loving, but today, after she ate it, she immediately went back to the heater. Her fins are absolutely terrible. They are literally tearing apart over night. They're completely shredded and I just don't know what is causing it. Soon she's going to look like a crowntail by the time her fins stop shredding. IF they stop. Her scales seem to be odd though, like they're raised a tiny weeny bit, and she has a lump on the left side of her face and a weird patch that she has always had on her back but now it's turning grey and when I view it from the side, somethings coming off of it. I'm going to scoop her up later today, put her in her cup to see up close what is going on. I'll do an update later today on what I found. Thanks for reading.

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Hey all, I said I would update once I got her into her cup so I could look at her closely. First off, when I got her into the net(which is not good, I know) it took me so long to get her to come out of it. She would just keep swimming back into the net. Then she would literally act dead. She wouldn't move a single muscle and then I would nudge her with my finger and she would start to move, then go back to being lifeless, then I'd poke her, then she would move super fast, then go limp over and over. I finally got her into the cup and she kept swimming on the tip of her nose, sort of like she was struggling to get back to normal position. It was odd. Scales are not raised at all, thank god. I don't know what that bump on her head is or where is came from, but when I look at it from the side, somethings coming up. It would be easier to tell if she wasn't brown lol. I got a clear view of the patch on her back. I have no clue what it is. It looks like some scales lost color and just turned grey? If that makes any sense. I got a picture of it. I'll post it in the morning. I'm turning the tank lights off early tonight. As well as all the other lights in my room so she get more sleep. Thanks for reading guys. :)
 

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Hey all, sorry for not posting the pictures I took of her last night this morning like I said. It's been a busy day. I just finished a 100 point essay for English which, by the way, was so hard oh my goodness! But I feel so much better that is isn't weighing down on me! So anyways, here are the pictures I took of her last night while I was observing her!

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Sushi was the same this morning, like every morning. I fee her 1 pellet a day now and the rest of the food she gets is brine shrimp, since she seems so go crazy for it! The only thing that's really changed is her fins. Each day they get worse or worse and as before, I still can't figure out what is causing it! This whole thing is so frustrating! The only thing about her that's the same is her love for food, which is actually kind of funny lol. A couple days ago, my mom came in to look at her, mind you, my mom ALWAYS comes in my room to look at my fish lol, that and she talk to them in a baby voice and gets super excited when Tutankhamun flares at her, she calls herself the evil grandmother lmao, but anyways, she came into my room to look at Sushi and had said that Sushi looked as if she was losing color. Then, this morning my dad came in my room to look at my fish and he looked at Sushi and he even thought she was losing color too. Maybe I don't see it because I'm literally watching her 24/7? It's gotten to the point where I even wake up in the middle of the night, a couple times a night actually, to check on her and make sure she's okay. I'm really nervous about her fins. I'm just really glad that she's eating, and that she's alive. But I'm also really glad that my parents are taking this seriously, especially my dad. When I told him about Sushi's condition when all of this started, he actually seemed upset. My mom is a bit concerned as well. Everyone in my family knows how much I adore and how much I love Sushi. She was my first betta. She IS family. Everyone in the family adores her. It's funny because my mom always comes into my room for lotion lol, and I mean ALWAYS comes into my room, which I don't mind, and when she does come in, she always goes to Sushi's tank and looks at her and talks her lol, as do I! Call us crazy, but Sushi is very loved in this family, by everyone. <3
 

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>>UPDATE<<

VELVET!!! I'm 99% sure it's velvet! I don't know why I didn't think of that before! The whole time she's been sick I've noticed that she's had some gold glitter dust stuff on her body and for some reason I didn't even think of it being velvet! I'm going to do a 25% water change today, clean all the poop out, and then start treatment with Copper Aid or either Bettafix. I'm leaning towards Copper Aid though, just because I trust it a lot more and I already have it. This is awesome! Not that she has it but that I know this is what it is! Will be doing an update soon on how she's taking it! Thanks for reading!
 

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Hey all! So yesterday was pretty good! Not only was I able to find out what was making her sick but yesterday she was in a pretty happy mood! I woke up and she was just swimming everywhere! Only sat on the heater once! Which is awesome because she was on the heater all. the. time. I put some Copper Aid in her tank yesterday. I'll be changing out some of the water this weekend and then putting more medicine in her tank. Honestly, I think it's working! Her behavior has improved a lot. I woke up this morning and again, she was swimming around! I came up to her tank and she swam over to greet me. She still slams herself into everything, which I read means that she's scratching herself, but she doesn't do it as much as she was when this first started happening. Not only that, but she hasn't rested on the heater at all. Not once!
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Unfortunately, her fins are still completely shredded. Her ventral fins are almost gone and she has a tear in her anal fin. Her dorsal and caudal fin look like they took a trip through a paper shredder and her pectoral fins are missing chunks. I'm guessing they're so torn because she's been scratching herself on everything. I'm just really worried bacteria will get in there and cause fin rot, creating a whole new problem. I don't think she can handle velvet AND fin rot. At least she's feeling better. I'll do another update on how treatments go and how her fins are this weekend. Thanks for reading!
 
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