Frayed Fins.... Fin Rot?

TombedOrchestra

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I have a guppy that's tail is slightly frayed. Are there any instances that a tail could be 'frayed' a little but NOT be fin rot?

Could it be a natural occurrence ? Do some fish just come with tails slightly jagged?
 

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Fish especially those with longer fins can snag their fins, they can also bite their own fins or others fins causing a jagged appearance. Fins are, although completely different, somewhat like finger nails... Just because it's damaged doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong but can also be a good indicator of diet and environmental quality.
 
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sfsamm said:
Fish especially those with longer fins can snag their fins, they can also bite their own fins or others fins causing a jagged appearance. Fins are, although completely different, somewhat like finger nails... Just because it's damaged doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong but can also be a good indicator of diet and environmental quality.
Thanks! Yeah, I have two guppies with slightly frayed tails. One has been in tank about a month, the other about 4 days. I did see a plattie nipping at the guppy this morning... perhaps that's the issue.

Except I also saw one of my tetras with a similar appearance. hmm
 

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My male guppies constantly have tail fins with splits or pieces missing. I have male betta that bites his own fins sporadically as well as a male betta that really likes to get himself into predicaments where he tears his fins (even on his sponge filter). Then in yet another tank I have Kribensis and with their territory issues they constantly have fin damage. I also have a jerk Molly in my son's tank whose constantly chasing everyone else and taking chunks out of their tails any time she has the opportunity to really get hold of one.
If you are maintaining pristine water conditions and have healthy fish fin damage isn't really a cause for concern.

Now that said, if you have questionable water parameters or slack on maintenance or any number of other preventable factors then you may have fin rot or aggression issues that you need to take action on or a fish that is in ill health that needs proper attention.
 
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