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post #1 of 22 Old 02-06-2007, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Help me get my betas better, ripped fins

I have a 10G tank split with two male betas on each side, one suffered from fin rot, which was cured with Maracyn-Two. I recently added a few Red Eye Tetras to the larger side of the split tank. The first day the tetras kept to them selves and did not bother the beta. On the following morning I noticed the beta’s dorsal fin was badly split and shredded, after further observation I also noticed that the beta had holes in his pectoral and caudal fins. I didn’t think that this could have been done by the tetras, so as a test I moved three of the tetras to the other side of the split tank with the other beta. Within one hour the beta on the side that I had just added the three tetras had been badly nipped. I immediately removed the tetras from the tank. What went wrong, I thought tetras would be a good match in a small community tank with my betas, but they turned into little piranhas? Now I am concerned that the fin rot may come back, I have used one tablespoon of aquarium salt to reduce the chance of infection, and I have done a 20% water change since removing the tetras from the tank. Is there anything you may recommend doing to help them heal quickly? I have also recently added live plants to the tank, which I held off doing as I treated the first bout of fin rot. Any advice would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 22 Old 02-06-2007, 10:53 PM
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Red-eye tetras can get nippy and so do other tetras. It's best not to mix bettas with tetras.:) Melafix should allow recovery of tattered fins.

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I have a 10G tank split with two male betas on each side,
Am I readinig this properly? Are you saying 2 male bettas together on each side? If so, you'll still run into problems somewhere along the line. Bettas are best kept alone, they are a solitary fish and extremely territorial. When they aren't bothering the other fish, the other fish are bothering them, its a no win situation, and cases of a betta working in a community tank are few. It's not impossible, but depends on the specific fish involved, and is not often accomplished. My suggestion is to keep each betta alone... and put community fish in another place.

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post #4 of 22 Old 02-07-2007, 12:11 PM
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I'm assuming they meant two bettas, one on each side of the divided tank. Otherwise I'd imagine the cause of the damage would be obvious and by now one of the bettas would likely be dead. Still problematic however as I've seen them jump over dividers to get at another male.
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post #5 of 22 Old 02-07-2007, 12:22 PM
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I have a Solution!

Not being mean or anything with the huge font but,
TAKE THE BETTAS OUT!
and put the barbs in the tank.

Put the Bettas in a vase or something.
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post #6 of 22 Old 02-07-2007, 04:42 PM
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I have a Solution!

Not being mean or anything with the huge font but,
TAKE THE BETTAS OUT!
and put the barbs in the tank.

Put the Bettas in a vase or something.
do not take the betta out, take out the other fish, the betta is fine in there, only from the introduction he is being hurt, take out the other fish and medicate with melafix or some other fin healing medication.
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post #7 of 22 Old 02-07-2007, 05:08 PM
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I have a Solution!

Not being mean or anything with the huge font but,
TAKE THE BETTAS OUT!
and put the barbs in the tank.

Put the Bettas in a vase or something.
do not take the betta out, take out the other fish, the betta is fine in there, only from the introduction he is being hurt, take out the other fish and medicate with melafix or some other fin healing medication.
theres more "other fish" then bettas i would take the bettas out give them a lil tank with a lil fiter each.
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post #8 of 22 Old 02-07-2007, 05:34 PM
switching the bettas can cause stress, as well other problems, since there is nothing wrong with your schooling fish take them out, they bettas have the disease and the disease might be in the tank, if you take out the bettas, the schooling fish might have a chance of catching it, if it is a disease of course, it could be a problem with nipping, IMO move the schooling fish, not the betta
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post #9 of 22 Old 02-07-2007, 05:37 PM
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While you guys are busy arguing about what to take out of the tank I'd like to note that the original post stated that the tetras have already been removed from the tank. There's no need to continue moving things around as the tetras are no longer with the bettas and the immediate problem of fin nipping has been solved. This post is getting massively off-topic I must say.
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-07-2007, 05:43 PM
sorry about that, i missed that part, still, dont quarantine them and use melafix to heal there fins, its either fin rot, or a bad case of nipping, has the betta gotten over the divider yet?

is the divider clear or darkened, meaning can the betta see the other betta.
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