6 years ago
guysamurai
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Hello everyone,
I have recently bought five female bettas for my 25 gallon tank. I heard this is a good amount, even though they are not from the same school like recommended. After acclimating them I placed each fish into the tank one by one. I would pour their bags out into a net over my sink. Once they were all in the aquarium my girlfriend and I were observing them and she noticed that one of the bettas had a fin on its side that wasn't working. At first we thought it was ripped off completely, but upon closer viewing it is still there. The pectoral fin is pressed up against her body and she never uses it. I think it was broken during the transfer, unless it was injured before I purchased it. Also a pelvic fin on the same is missing. Can anyone tell me if there is anything I can do for her? Will the pectoral and pelvic fins ever get better? Or will she just have a dead fin forever? Thanks all for your help.

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6 years ago
achintya
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dude it's your fault ..whenever you buy fishes for the next time you should alert that all fins are in well cond.those fins are not working bcoz sometimes those fishes fight and may loose their fins.. or some big fishes eat it. ..so be carefull..

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6 years ago
guysamurai
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Another fish did not attack it. It was noticed immediatley after it was placed into the lit up aquarium. No other fish attacked it. There were no other fish even in the aqurium at that time. The pectoral fin is broken. It must have been damged before the purchase, or during the tansfer while it was in the net. I just want to know if it will heal. Do you have any useful advice??

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6 years ago
Tony
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My fist guess would be no im afraid not, but then nothings beyond nature when it suits it mate.

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6 years ago
achintya
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okis,so pls be carefull from the next time... be sure that whether all fins are all right..

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6 years ago
johnarthur
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Welcome to our forum. The Betta should get along just fine in an aquarium environment.

This is a dumb question, but if I read your post correctly, you dumped the water and the Betta into a net that was over the sink. Why? It would be no surprise if that's what injured the fish. Transferring any fish from one aquarium into a plastic bag then into another aquarium tends to put a fish into shock and degrade its immune system. The most gentle, least shocking way to move a fish into a new aquarium is the drip acclimation method. The blog section has a description of it. Drip acclimation involves putting the fish and plastic bag water into a good size, clean bucket then slowly (30 or 45 minutes) filling the bucket with water from the new aquarium. After that, you put the fish and water back in the aquarium. You can make a drip acclimation kit with some air hose and a valve, or you can buy one for a few dollars.

Please keep us up to date.

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6 years ago
animefan93
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love your icon lol light...but yes that is the resone the fish got hurt was the net but you could also do the acclimation with just the bag by after like 5-10 mins start adding water from the main tank your putting them in, slowly into the bag and until its like doubled to tribled the amount of water unless you dump a little out so the bags not over flowing and in about a half an hour then just slowly pour the bag with the fish in it into the tank (with the bag still in the water)

this always works for me and its the same thing as what john said just easyer and less hassel and your betta girl should be perfectely fine this type of thing happens to me all the time with breeding them

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6 years ago
guysamurai
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Thanks for your compliment and help animefan. I did aclimate the fish. I floated her bag and added water from the aquarium to her bag after 15 minutes to get her used to it a little. Then I let her sit another 15 minutes. I only poured the fish into the net over the sink because I read it is not recommended to put the water your fish comes in into the aqaurium. Something about pet store water is usually not good. I read that after aclimating them you should pour out the water in their bag down the drain, but I did not want her to go down the drain. That is why I had a net under her. So, the net is what damged her? Why? I thought that was one of the net's many uses. So, I shouldn't use my net with my fish =/? By the way, she is doing much better. Shes a quick healer. I was mainly worried for her pectoral fin. She hid for a couple days, but she has since emerged and is swimming about.

As for you John, don't post on my question if you are going to call my question dumb. I have seen many people use nets to scoop and catch fish. I have found research that says I should pour the water out of the bag that the fish comes in, not in my aquarium. When I pour the water down the sink I don't want to lose my fish down the drain. That is why the net is there. I have never heard of the method you discussed in your post. It sounds very much a waste of time, and no one else I have ever heard of does this. I have even done research on aclimating the fish and never once came across this method. Some of us are newer to keeping fish than others. For you to call a question someone asks "dumb" is very rude. It shows a lot about your character. You think you are sooooo cool because you know more about fish. Congratulations!!!!

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6 years ago
johnarthur
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I was calling my own question dumb, because I was not sure I understood your method of introduction. Netting a fish is sometimes necessary, but it does stress them and opens the possibility that they will flop around in the net and injure themselves. Some people even put a container in the aquarium and attempt to heard the fish into it. That's going pretty far to avoid netting. As for aquarium shop water, many of them use a central filtering system, so what is in one aquarium is in all the rest. So long as the fish and water are healthy, it's fine. However, that setup allows diseases and parasites to spread to every fish tank. I can see why using that water could be a concern, but the fish you buy will have already been exposed. Lots of well maintained aquariums have at least the beginnings of diseases and parasites, but healthy fish have robust immune systems. The way you introduce a fish into a new aquarium can have a large impact on immune system function. That's why I use the drip acclimation method. I've never lost a fish that way, but I have with the bag float method.

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6 years ago
guysamurai
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I apologize John. I thought you were calling my question dumb. I feel bad now =(. Sorry again.

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6 years ago
johnarthur
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Don't worry about it, and please don't let it affect your participation in our forum. If a resource like this had been available in the 50s, I'd have made only half as many mistakes as I actually did. Somewhere in here we have a blog called Fishroom Follies. We're all here to learn.

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6 years ago
angela_brown
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Welcome to the forum Guy!

I am glad to hear that your fish is healing quickly.

The best treatment for injured fins is clean water. Perhaps a 20% water change every day will aid in this.

I personally use the drip acclimation method and have had great sucess with it. I usually run the water in a little faster than John, and have even been known to drain the water out of the bucket and drip it in again...

I don't like to put any pet store water in my tanks. I try to dilute it as much as possible. Also I try my best to Quarantine new fish for a month or so before I introduce them into one of my established aquariums.

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3 years ago
bettagirl22
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Hey, I did the same thing to my fish, it's not using it's fin anymore. I have two female betta fishes and then they started fighting, then one of the females lost a fin, or it's stuck on her body, I don't know. What do youthink I should do?

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3 years ago
johnarthur
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In an aquarium environment, a fish with only one pectoral fin can survive and even spawn. You need to separate the two females and test the aquarium water to make sure ammonia and nitrite are zero and other water parameters are species appropriate. This will give the injured fish her best chance of recovery.

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1 year ago
bettalove
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Hi John, the same thing happened for bettagirl22 happened to my fish. How long would it take for my fish to heal again?

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1 year ago
Greta1981
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Hi Bettalove,
This is an old thread. Can you please post your question in a new one, so we can answer your questions? Just type it in the green box at the top right of the page.

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