My Poor betta

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This female has been through so much. She had bad fin rot when I got her, and now she is being bullied by one of my swordtails. I had to put her in a vase because I didn’t have a bowl, but my question is, will her tail grow back? It was bitten down to the base. And she has some scales missing, will they grow back. She is very spunky and eating, just a little annoyed that her vase is kinda small. This home is only temporary.

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If it doesn't get infected then it should grow back. I suggest you at least get a breeder basket (large as possible) and put that in the main tank for her. A vase will not stay warm enough and the water quality will go bad within a day. You must keep with water clean to prevent infection.

This is a prime example of why bettas don't do so hot in active community tanks. I say bottom feeders or no tank mates at all. I'd get her a 5gal tank kit when possible.
 

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I think sometimes the best medicine you can give to an injured fish is clean water, rest and a good high quality food. Make sure she has a place to hide, floating plants can be a great addition as they allow your fish to access air and food without too much effort. I'm sure with your care she'll heal in no time
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It really sucks to see this happen to fish you love, I lost my two favorite angels, my koi to an infected injury and his mate to heartbreak . I hope your betta pulls through!
 

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If it was my fish I would do a Methylene blue dip to try and stop the tail from getting infected, the blue colour sticks to any fin rot or wound and helps it heal. This is what I have used for years when any of my Bettas have shown signs of getting fin rot and this usually stops it before it has a chance to get too bad!
 
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This little girl has been getting bullied, so I got her a new set up. Her dorsal fin seams to be healing, but I am very concerned with her tail and bottom(?) fins. They have been looking better, but now some spots have turned a lighter brown color. And even the rays are missing. I feel like fin rot has come back due to her stress of being bitten, but I am currently using melafix. Please tell me if there is anything else I can do.

Salt?
Hp treatment?
Baths?

And is it ok if she likes to sit on her moss ball?
Not rubbing against anything, but I’m concerned.

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Her color has come back a lot


Her today
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Stop the Melafix. It's basically useless, and some say it can harm a betta's labyrinth organ.

What attacked her?

I would be doing daily 50% water changes. Keep the temp 78 - 80 F.

Sitting on the moss ball sounds normal to me.
 
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I really need a new thermometer it is very broken. My male swordtail. Everything was very peaceful until I went away for a weekend. It happened very suddenly and she didn’t look like she wailing last long so I quickly set up a tank with her other tank water.

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Do you have a heater in the tank? Can you get another thermometer?

I wouldn't keep bettas in communities tanks for this reason. Do you have a tank she can stay in permanently?
 

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I keep a lot of Bettas in communities, but some species in particular are known to be nippy. Swordtails tend to be one of those species.
 

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Water is too cold, shoot for 80F. There are good signs of healing, but sometimes when parts of the fin are too damaged the body will kill it off and start anew. Seeing as the top part of the tail was nipped down to the body, you need to be very careful to prevent infection.

Just keep the water clean, doing daily water changes. You should get a heater, bettas are not cold water fish.
 
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Yes thank you everyone! I have a heater and am setting it up. My Betta is now safe in a 4 gallon. I got a new thermometer for her. Also I just did a 50% about an hour ago.
 
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Hi again I was just wondering if my Betta has been biting her fins? I came to look at her this morning and a piece of her fins had been removed??

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I would think it's more likely it fell off (her fins are still in bad shape) than her biting them off.
 
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1317] thank you

My poor Betta has been through a lot for those who are returning to this fish. She is practically falling apart. Her scales are raising and falling off, and her bottom fins are getting worse and worse. (She was attacked by my swordtail in her own tank now, don’t want to talk about it)
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The temp is around 80 degrees
The ph is 7.6
Ammonia nitrites and nitrates are all 0.

I am pretty sure she isn’t going to make a recovery, but I am so hopeful.
 
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I tried to use her previous tank water from my community tank. Did that not do it’s job?? Am I not doing this right, she was injured before she was put in this tank
 

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With the stats you gave it looks like the water didn't help. Plus very little if any at all bb live in the water column. I'm sorry she was damaged when you get her but unfortunately it won't get better till you establish a bb colony. I suggest getting bb in a bottle to kick start and do daily at least 25 %water change.

Also with bb in a bottle read and do everything the directions say otherwise it's a waist. More ppl will chime in in time and give you even most suggestions
 
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