Betta Fish Torn Tail Help

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Jodi, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. JodiValued MemberMember

    I woke up today to find my betta with two tears in his fins. He is in a 37 gallon tank thats cycled, amd has a heater and filter,. i have various decorations, a spongebob pineapple house, silk plants, one plastic, etc, before i got him i rubbed pantyhose along them and they never caught so I figured they were fine. I’ve had him for two months and, obviously, this is the first time I’ve had this kind of problem. How can i help him and prevent this?
  2. WanhiBettaValued MemberMember

    Does he have any tank mates?
    With clean water the fins will grow again, no need to do anything but to find where/why he made the tears to prevent it from happening again.

  3. JodiValued MemberMember

    He doesn’t have any tank mates

  4. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    It might be the filter. What kind of filter do you have?

    It could also be the gravel.
  5. WanhiBettaValued MemberMember

    What a lucky betta!!
  6. JodiValued MemberMember

    I believe it’s a top fin 40 power filter. I put a sponge on the intake so I don’t think it’s that. If it’s the gravel what would i do to prevent more tearing?
  7. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    I would try to pick out the sharpest pieces of gravel.

    Can you send a pic of the fin tear?
  8. JodiValued MemberMember

  9. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    It doesn’t look like tail biting.

    Maybe it could have been the plastic plant. The betta may have brushed up against it too hard. I would use a tissue instead of pantyhose for the next sharpness test.

    It doesn’t look too bad though which is a good thing. Clean water should help your betta get back to health!
  10. JodiValued MemberMember

    Okay thank you so much. I only have one plastic plant, the rest are silk, would you recommend me taking it out?
  11. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    I would take it out for safety reasons. Try doing the tissue test.

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