my betta has fin loss. please have a look at him and help me re grow his tail:'( Help

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by 143mads, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. 143madsNew MemberMember

    i had bought a male over halfmoon betta around 20 days ago.

    Since then he has suffered SBD once due to overfeeding and now he is facing significant fill loss.

    Anyways. my betta has a drastic loss in his tail now if i compare him to his first few days.

    i am attaching a collage of his pics showing his tail earlier and now. it makes me cry everytime i see it. :'(

    okay so my bet is that my fishy lost his tails outta stress. actually i had a get to gether at my place last week. and when i wasnt around my cousins just tapped my fishy's bowl very badly (not that badly as it sounds, but yes it was quite hard).

    i yelled at them when i saw them doing this and did nott allow them to go near to the tank anymore.

    *my fish was fine even after 30 mins past of that incident.*but then i did a 25% water change through siphon and i kept everythng smooth and slow as usual. but dont know why my fishy got scared of me after that incident.

    the one who used to bite my finger, eat from it, follow it madly dint want to come near it anymore.
    he hided frm me. so i left him alone for a day. he dint eat for next two days but then he started eating.

    then i noticed pieces of his tails in water and i immediately treated him with terramycin 250mg half capsule and after a day or two there were no evidence of further torn pieces visible in water.*so i got calm.

    but few days back while browsing through his old pictures i saw his pics when he was new at my home. and it shocked the heck outta me.

    i was srsly threatened by what had happend to his fins due to my irresponsibility (i dint ask my cousins to not to tap his bowl beforehand).

    then i did a 100% water change (as adviced by ppl over net so dat all bad bacterias which has caused this rot goes away from water).*the 100% water change was done before 2 days from now.

    after 2 days of that tapping incident he started eating normally and it took 1-2 more days for him to again recognize me as his beloved owner.*now he behaves perfectly allright.. swims alright.. watches me all the time when i'm around and swims crazily when i show him his food.
    but still i want to do everything i can do to quickly help him hrow his tail back.
    i dont wanna c my bful fishy like that for long.

    please help me guys. following are the details of his housing

    he is in a 2.5-3 gallon bowl.*no filter (regular water changes done)*no heater ( i live in a tropical country and temp is always constant in his bowl and upto his range)no water conditioner coz LFS here dont have a good brand but i always use dechlorinised water treated with dechlorinator and also add indian almond leaf or its extract to water as it softens the water and remove toxins from water to a large extent (reason why it is called 'POOR MAN'S WATER CONDITIONER'*.*pebbles, a cave like showpiece for him to hide and a silk plant.*thanks in advance people.**picture : 
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  2. jdhef

    jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!

    I betta really needs a cycled, filtered, heated tank. If your tank stays around a steady 80 degrees F without a heater than you will be okay without one.

    Generally fin loss in betta's is caused by either fin rot or the betta biting it's own tail. Stress can lead to a betta biting it's own tail. Fin rot on the other hand is usually caused by poor water conditions. (And being in an uncycled tank would qualify as poor water conditions).

    If you are not familiar with the nitrogen cycle (words should be link to article) please read up on it, since it is the most important thing to understand when keeping fish.

    Best of luck!
  3. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Hi 143mads welcome to FishLore!!

    The link does not work.

    No wonder why the poor fish is scared. Hopefully he'll get over that and begin to heal.

    Keep up the water changes to prevent infection. Along with the Indian Almond leafs you might want to add some Garlic Guard and a Conditioner like Stress Coat that promotes fin growth.

    Good luck!
  4. Clement Chee

    Clement CheeNew MemberMember

    I hope to be able to see a picture of your betta so I know how bad it looks. Will you be able to fix the link or post a picture up to the forum?
  5. _Fried_Bettas_

    _Fried_Bettas_Well Known MemberMember

    I would not think that a single stressful event would cause all this, but perhaps in tandem with a weakened state due to poor water, perhaps. Maybe you have an easily upset betta, they are all different.

    Picture would help me give information more specific to your particular case, but..

    If you see actually infection I would try to treat with aquarium salt, or if not frequent water changes are the best cure. I have bettas damaged in spawning or whatever and only use medicine if it doesn't respond to salt, and I only use the salt once, at the next water change it is just clean water. Most of them heal up. I have a couple that never quite healed up, grew back some and then stopped. I don't know why some will heal up perfect others halfway, if anyone knows the answer to that, then I can learn something. But otherwise these bettas are healthy, long time later, just a little tattered looking.
  6. kittykat0725

    kittykat0725Valued MemberMember

    I have heard that Melafix helps fish quickly recover from fin lose. A small bottle is about 10$ at most fish stores. But Melafix can harm certain kinds of invertebrate and fish, so I would research that first. I used it one of my guppy when it lost one of its fins.

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