2 Gallon Tank Pectoral fin

stacydean87

Hello my husband dropped the tank lid on my betta Zeke and damaged his pectoral fin. What can I do?
 

julifhy

Welcome to Fishlore!
Could you fill out the emergency template and post a picture? It’s hard to help without much info.
 
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stacydean87

I can provide a picture but this has nothing to do with the quality of water or fin rot it was damaged by a plastic lid
 
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Aquariumlover1357

You can maybe put in some indian almond leaves and do some water changes, but it depends on how the fin got damaged. Did it just leave a cut? Or does it look like the fin got ripped? Could you go to this link: emergency template. and could you fill the form out? It could help us see what treatment is best for your tank.
 
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stacydean87

For starters you could upgrade the tank! A happier fish is a healthier fish, a healthier fish is likely to recover quicker and better than one in a 2 gallon.
I meant 5 gallon sorry
 
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BettasAreSuperior

Hi, welcome to the forum!! I would say just keep an eye on him and add Indian almond leaves. You get the leaves for 10 bucks on amazon. Totally worth it. Also, do 30% water changes every 3 days to prevent illness from coming in.
 
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stacydean87

Hi, welcome to the forum!! I would say just keep an eye on him and add Indian almond leaves. You get the leaves for 10 bucks on amazon. Totally worth it. Also, do 30% water changes every 3 days to prevent illness from coming in.
How about Melafix?
 
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julifhy

I can provide a picture but this has nothing to do with the quality of water or fin rot it was damaged by a plastic lid
It’s still helpful to know the tank details

How about Melafix?
Melafix or any other medication with “fix” in the name, aren’t good medications for bettas. It can damage their labyrinth organ.
Frequent water changes and Indian almond leaves, like others have already mentioned, would be the best option.
 
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Bettamay

IAL leaves, good water quality, and lots of water changes will help your betta’s tail get better. And yes, it’s still helpful to know tank details.

Like said above, don’t use bettafix, melafix, or pimafix on fish with a labyrinth organ. I learned that the hard way...
 
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FoldedCheese

I can provide a picture but this has nothing to do with the quality of water or fin rot it was damaged by a plastic lid

Out of curiosity, what are your water parameters? I agree with others that increasing frequency of WCs will promote healing. In my experience for minor injuries 50% at least 3x per week will be sufficient. Do you use a gravel vac?

Pictures would also be helpful.
 
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stacydean87

You can maybe put in some indian almond leaves and do some water changes, but it depends on how the fin got damaged. Did it just leave a cut? Or does it look like the fin got ripped? Could you go to this link: emergency template. and could you fill the form out? It could help us see what treatment is best for your tank.
 

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FoldedCheese

Very difficult to see his pectoral fins from that picture or his body/condition in general.
 
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stacydean87

Out of curiosity, what are your water parameters? I agree with others that increasing frequency of WCs will promote healing. In my experience for minor injuries 50% at least 3x per week will be sufficient. Do you use a gravel vac?

Pictures would also be helpful.
Yes
 
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BettasAreSuperior

How about Melafix?
Melafix or anything with fix in it as julifhy said, isn't good for bettas and damage their internal organs, so stay away from it.
 
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stacydean87

I posted one
 

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BettasAreSuperior

I posted one
I just think Indian almond leaves, more water changes, and some good old tlc should work.
 
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stacydean87

It's his side fin not tail. will it grow back?
 
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julifhy

Its hisnsidenfin will it grow back?

It's his side fin not tail.
I think it should. I can't really tell from the picture, is his entire pectoral fin gone? If it's possible, could you get a picture with different lighting? The blue light makes it really hard to see.
 
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Lucy

Ok, wow every.....lets take a breath here.

Stacydeanis not asking about cycling or tank size. The emergency template is irrelevant here.
Let's give the member some advice on her question.

Hello my husband dropped the tank lid on my betta Zeke and damaged his pectoral fin. What can I do?

Welcome to FishLore!
I'm so sorry that happened. Clean water, and a stress free environment is your best bet, imo
I would also use stress coat, garlic guard or minced garlic from a jar (no additives) which should help boost the immune system.
Vita-chem and fish protector are also good.

I can't speak for Indian almond leaves but many people sear by them.
 
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julifhy

Ok, wow every.....lets take a breath here.

Stacydeanis not asking about cycling or tank size. The emergency template is irrelevant here.
Let's give the member some advice on her question.

Welcome to FishLore!
I'm so sorry that happened. Clean water, and a stress free environment is your best bet, imo
I would also use stress coat, garlic guard or minced garlic from a jar (no additives) which should help boost the immune system.
Vita-chem and fish protector are also good.

I can't speak for Indian almond leaves but many people sear by them.
I agree! I was asking for the emergency template to know the situation better before all the posts lol. And stress coat will definitely help as well!
Will garlic help regrow the fin? I've never heard of using garlic that way before.
 
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AggressiveAquatics

I can provide a picture but this has nothing to do with the quality of water or fin rot it was damaged by a plastic lid
Actually water quality means a lot in this situation. If the pectoral fin is ripped poor water quality will cause infection and possibly that could lead to fin rot. For now though I would use Indian almond leaves and really keep up with water changes and maybe up them by 10% more than usual. I hope he gets better soon
 
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stacydean87

Actually water quality means a lot in this situation. If the pectoral fin is ripped poor water quality will cause infection and possibly that could lead to fin rot. For now though I would use Indian almond leaves and really keep up with water changes and maybe up them by 10% more than usual. I hope he gets better soon
Thank you
I just think Indian almond leaves, more water changes, and some good old tlc should work.
Thank you
Out of curiosity, what are your water parameters? I agree with others that increasing frequency of WCs will promote healing. In my experience for minor injuries 50% at least 3x per week will be sufficient. Do you use a gravel vac?

Pictures would also be helpful.
Ok I will do that I ordered almond.leaves as well.
Thank you so much
Ok, wow every.....lets take a breath here.

Stacydeanis not asking about cycling or tank size. The emergency template is irrelevant here.
Let's give the member some advice on her question.



Welcome to FishLore!
I'm so sorry that happened. Clean water, and a stress free environment is your best bet, imo
I would also use stress coat, garlic guard or minced garlic from a jar (no additives) which should help boost the immune system.
Vita-chem and fish protector are also good.

I can't speak for Indian almond leaves but many people sear by them.
Thank you so much
Ok, wow every.....lets take a breath here.

Stacydeanis not asking about cycling or tank size. The emergency template is irrelevant here.
Let's give the member some advice on her question.



Welcome to FishLore!
I'm so sorry that happened. Clean water, and a stress free environment is your best bet, imo
I would also use stress coat, garlic guard or minced garlic from a jar (no additives) which should help boost the immune system.
Vita-chem and fish protector are also good.

I can't speak for Indian almond leaves but many people sear by them.
Thank you so much
Ok, wow every.....lets take a breath here.

Stacydeanis not asking about cycling or tank size. The emergency template is irrelevant here.
Let's give the member some advice on her question.



Welcome to FishLore!
I'm so sorry that happened. Clean water, and a stress free environment is your best bet, imo
I would also use stress coat, garlic guard or minced garlic from a jar (no additives) which should help boost the immune system.
Vita-chem and fish protector are also good.

I can't speak for Indian almond leaves but many people sear by them.
 
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FoldedCheese

Welcome to FishLore!
I'm so sorry that happened. Clean water, and a stress free environment is your best bet, imo
I would also use stress coat, garlic guard or minced garlic from a jar (no additives) which should help boost the immune system.


I'm curious about the garlic as well and any scientific information you can link about it's benefits in fish.
 
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stacydean87

I agree! I was asking for the emergency template to know the situation better before all the posts lol. And stress coat will definitely help as well!
Will garlic help regrow the fin? I've never heard of using garlic that way before.
It's a small tank how.much stress coat i have that on hand and ordered almond leaves. I love the little guy and he seems really scared.
 
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Lucy

I agree! I was asking for the emergency template to know the situation better before all the posts lol. And stress coat will definitely help as well!
Will garlic help regrow the fin? I've never heard of using garlic that way before.
It was not just one person asking about the template...several which is unnecessary to jump on someone like this.
Garlic Guard will help build the immune system and in turn help Zeke heal.
Actually water quality means a lot in this situation. If the pectoral fin is ripped poor water quality will cause infection and possibly that could lead to fin rot.

Yes, going forward water quality is of the utmost importance. However, what it was prior to the injury, not so much, can't change what was past.

BUT, we don't need a dozen people jumping and asking the same questions.


stacydean87
Best of luck, I hope Zeke starts to feel better soon, A soft plant for him to rest will help, if he doesn't already have one.

I'm curious about the garlic as well and any scientific information you can link about it's benefits in fish.
Probably around somewhere if you wanted to look for it but I'll go by years of experience. Mine and those who have come before me.
 
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stacydean87

I think it should. I can't really tell from the picture, is his entire pectoral fin gone? If it's possible, could you get a picture with different lighting? The blue light makes it really hard to see.
I will during the day its split it still works but it's actually split in the middle.
 
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AggressiveAquatics

I'm curious about the garlic as well and any scientific information you can link about it's benefits in fish.
As far as I know the vitamins in it promote growth and support the immune system and the main think in it that helps them is allicin
 
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stacydean87

It was not just one person asking about the template...several which is unnecessary to jump on someone like this.
Garlic Guard will help build the immune system and in turn help Zeke heal.


Yes, going forward water quality is of the utmost importance. However, what it was prior to the injury, not so much, can't change what was past.

BUT, we don't need a dozen people jumping and asking the same questions.


stacydean87
Best of luck, I hope Zeke starts to feel better soon, A soft plant for him to rest will help, if he doesn't already have one.

Probably around somewhere if you wanted to look for it but I'll go by years of experience. Mine and those who have come before me.
He has a house and a tiki bar he.sleeps in
 
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julifhy

It's a small tank how.much stress coat i have that on hand and ordered almond leaves. I love the little guy and he seems really scared.
On their website, it says 5 ml for 10 gallons, so I'm guessing you would need to use about 1.25 ml for your tank. Your tank is 2 gallons, correct? Dosing the stress coat would be easiest to measure with a syringe.
Could you describe his behavior?

I'm curious about the garlic as well and any scientific information you can link about it's benefits in fish.
I've only ever heard of garlic being used as an appetite enhancer. I'm curious about the other ways it can help too!
 
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stacydean87

Very difficult to see his pectoral fins from that picture or his body/condition in general.
I will take a picture in the morning with my flash
On their website, it says 5 ml for 10 gallons, so I'm guessing you would need to use about 1.25 ml for your tank. Your tank is 2 gallons, correct? Dosing the stress coat would be easiest to measure with a syringe.
Could you describe his behavior?


I've only ever heard of garlic being used as an appetite enhancer. I'm curious about the other ways it can help too!
He actually has a five gallon tank. Its hima.nd one mystery snail that coexist
I will take a picture in the morning with my flash

He actually has a five gallon tank. Its hima.nd one mystery snail that coexist
Zeke and a golden mystery snail that co-exist.
 
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julifhy

He actually has a five gallon tank. Its hima.nd one mystery snail that coexist
Okay! I misread that lol.
Btw were you asking about the dosage for stress coat? I assumed that's what you needed, but I wasn't sure. For a 5 gallon, 2.5 ml of stress coat would work.
 
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stacydean87

Okay! I misread that lol.
Btw were you asking about the dosage for stress coat? I assumed that's what you needed, but I wasn't sure. For a 5 gallon, 2.5 ml of stress coat would work.
Ok great thank you every day?
 
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stacydean87

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BigManAquatics

Ick...there are several different meds you can use to treat it, such as Ich-X. We used that Jungle Ich treatment from walmart the last time we had ick, it worked well, too

Or you can turn the temp of the tank up to 85-86 F degrees for a couple of weeks and treat that way.
 
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Kribensis27

Leaves and salt tend to cancel each other out. I think the leaves have more benefit, so I would stick to those over the salt. Sorry about the ick! I hope he gets better soon.
 
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julifhy

He now has Ick!

I put Aquarium salt in his tank and stress coat I also added the Indian almond leaf
He’s such a pretty betta!
I don’t see any ick in the pictures. What makes you think he has ick?
 
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stacydean87

He now has Ick!

I put Aquarium salt in his tank and stress coat I also added the Indian almond leaf

He’s such a pretty betta!
I don’t see any ick in the pictures. What makes you think he has ick?
Thank you. He has a silver spot on his head
Leaves and salt tend to cancel each other out. I think the leaves have more benefit, so I would stick to those over the salt. Sorry about the ick! I hope he gets better soon.
Thank you
 

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BettasAreSuperior

I do not see any ich, stacydean87 . Ick tends to have bright white spots on the fish. It fiercely attacks the fins. There are no symptoms of ick. That must be coloration or a bruise/wound.
 
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Kribensis27

Unless you see tiny white specks all over his body, I doubt it's ick. Keep a close eye on it and update here if anything happens.
 
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stacydean87

I do not see any ich, stacydean87 . Ick tends to have bright white spots on the fish. It fiercely attacks the fins. There are no symptoms of ick. That must be coloration or a bruise/wound.
Ok great I'm so glad. Thank you so much!
Unless you see tiny white specks all over his body, I doubt it's ick. Keep a close eye on it and update here if anything happens.
Awesome news Thank you
 
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stacydean87

Ok great I'm so glad. Thank you so much!

Awesome news Thank you
This is what I was referring to on Zeke's face. Silver patches
 

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BettasAreSuperior

Those seem like bruises where the lid damaged him. No illness or disease visible. Patience is key, within time he will get better. It seems like he has fin rot and some bruises from the lid.
 
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stacydean87

Those seem like bruises where the lid damaged him. No illness or disease visible. Patience is key, within time he will get better. It seems like he has fin rot and some bruises from the lid.
Thank you so much for all of your help. I ordered him a floating log so he can rest and not use the fin so much so it can heal.
 
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