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Tue

01

Jan

2013

Alex's tail is healing nicely

Happy new year, everyone!

 

After my post yesterday about Alex's torn tail, I've been watching him very closely. Thanks to taking a few pictures of him, I can track his progress, and it looks like his tail is knitting back together very nicely at the places where it tore!

 

With good water conditions, a healthy betta can heal simple injuries very quickly, and I'm so glad that this has been the case for Alex. Poor little chap! I think tonight I'll give him some frozen-thawed bloodworms - his favourite!

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Mon

31

Dec

2012

Oh no! Poor Alex's tail is torn

As I went about my daily check of Alex and his tank today, I noticed that the poor little guy had a couple of nasty splits in his tail fin! While this is quite a large area of injury for a small fish, in my experience, this pattern of damage on a fin is characteristic of mechanical damage. The specific type of damage that I see is:

  • Long tears up the length of the fin, parallel to the rays
  • Much of the fin length may be preserved between the tears
  • Possibly bloodied ends, BUT
  • No visible disease process (such as white fuzz, blackenening edges, etc.)

You will note that, while the very lower tip of his tail fin appears darkened, this is a part of his natural coloring that I was already familiar with (from my daily checks!) - it is similar to the blue edge on the bottom of his anal fin.

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Sun

30

Dec

2012

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

From all of us here at Betta Late Than Never (finned and furry members included), we want to wish you the happiest of holidays! May they be full of health, happiness, and all of your favourite things!

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