Poor Sky! Treating a betta with torn fin?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by ReceX, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. ReceXValued MemberMember

    Today, I noticed that Sky had disappeared. I looked around, curious, and finally saw his head poking out from under the filter. I unplugged the filter, and he swam away from it quickly. However, one of his fins was pretty badly torn. Here's a picture:

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    I'm planning to clean the tank tomorrow when I have more time (I didn't scrub the algae or vacuum gravel last week) and the reason I have a divider in there is to try and control my pond snail population-- remember to quarantine your plants!!!-- by restricting them to that part of the tank. Granted, it doesn't seem to be helping. Anyhow, I was wondering on how to go about preventing infection in his poor tail? Again, I'll clean the tank up tomorrow and maybe take a better picture. Should I change water more? Get some medication? I have aquarium salt; should I use that? Should I feed him something special?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Poor little guy.

    Keep the water pristine to help prevent infection.
    Garlic Guard and Vita-Chem to help his immune system.

    Extra Stress Coat or Fish Protector to help healing.

    Good luck, I hope he feels better soon.
     
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    ReceXValued MemberMember

    Okay, thank you. I can't change the water tonight (finals tomorrow) but I'll get to it after school tomorrow. And then I have Christmas break, so perhaps it'll be cleared by then.

    What is Stress Coat or Fish Protector?
     




  4. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

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    ReceXValued MemberMember

    Okay, thank you. They have Stress Coat at Petsmart, so I'll pick it up when I can!

    I decided to remove the divider, and I'm wondering, why didn't I before?! Sky's now going on a snail eating crusade xD No food for him today. Is it normal for Bettas to eat pond snails?
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012
  6. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    ReceX - They will eat almost anything that will fit in their mouths, including ghost shrimp. If it were a bigger snail, I doubt it would.
     
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    ReceXValued MemberMember

    He used to share my 15 gallon with my mystery snail, and had a tendency to pick at it also, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It's just hilarious that he seems to be seeking out the snails to eat.
     
  8. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    Female Bettas (on the most part) will usually leave the Mystery Snails alone. I have had (and still have) some male Bettas who want to torment anything that is in their reach. With each Betta, though, comes a different personality and a basis of action.
     
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    ReceXValued MemberMember

    Here's a better picture, now that I've done a 50% water change and removed algae:

    poor sky2.jpg

    Actually, I ended up choosing him because at the pet store, he ended up whacking his head trying to attack my finger :;jaws I should have definitely predicted any aggression.
     




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