Warning imaginarium pagoda decor

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Hi. I don't know if this belongs here. But for all new betta fish owner do NOT get imaginarium pagoda decor. I woke up this morning to find my betta stuck inside the tiny hole in the pagoda. I had to break the decor inorder to get him out. He lost all of his dorsal fin and his top scale is heavily damaged.
 

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Oh no! I hope he recovers ok The advice I've read and that I stick to is to get nothing that has any holes smaller than the diameter of a quarter, approximately 1 inch.
 
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Anyone have any advice in helping him heal? The food that I give him has garlic in it, but he's currently to stressed out to eat. I have herbtana medication that I've been using for ich. It says that it is a destressor but I'm not sure how that would help. Any other medication you guys recommend? Or just do water change? Thanks!
 

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Oh my that sounds terrible. Is he currently sick with ich still? At the end of the day whether you medicate or not, you're gonna have to be on top of those water parameters for a while to avoid any type of infection
 
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This was what happened
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He has no visible sign of ich anymore. But I'm still continuing the treatment ( 3 days left ). I just came home from work. He ate the food I left for him this morning, so that's a good sign. He is swimming around, though it looks kind of awkward. I really hope that he heals and regrow his dorsal fin ( if that's even possible). Luckily I got a refund on the decor, despite it being in pieces =/
 

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Indian Almond Leaves are supposed to be good for helping healing, or any of the extracts like Betta Spa. May be worth a try?
 

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photaiplz said:
This was what happened

He has no visible sign of ich anymore. But I'm still continuing the treatment ( 3 days left ). I just came home from work. He ate the food I left for him this morning, so that's a good sign. He is swimming around, though it looks kind of awkward. I really hope that he heals and regrow his dorsal fin ( if that's even possible). Luckily I got a refund on the decor, despite it being in pieces =/
if you keep your water warm and clean he should be okay. regrowing fins will be clear, then white, and then color in after a while. good luck!
 

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I second adding almond leaf, betta spa, or a black water extract. Just enough to give the water a slight tint. Works as a natural antibacterial and antifungal, helps them heal up and keeps infections at bay.
 
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Update: There are visible sign of him growing new fin. The scales on his body however doesn't appear to be growing back yet.
 

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Fins grow fast, faster than scales. Glad to hear that he's healing!
 

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Just keep up the clean water and he should heal up well. Also one thing to mention, melafix can damage the Bettas Labrinth organ. I didn't see you mention anywhere that you planned to use it, but it's commonly used to lightly treat wounds so I figured I'd mention it just in case. If you plan to use anything, stick with Indian almond leaf or its extract (betta spa).
 

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