02-03-2008, 11:31 PM
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It's a shame the pet store guy told you that was a good mix --- that rarely ever works out. In fact, that's probably one of the worst fish for a male betta.
It's usually the female that is harmed though. There are tons of community fish that are good options with male bettas, and that shouldn't be one of them.
Tail fins do grow back. My female betta had her fins nipped pretty good by my male about 3 weeks ago, and she's just about healed completely. My bettas are not regularly housed together, they were just together temporarily for breeding purposes, and strictly supervised.
Treating the tank with Melafix will help prevent infection/bacterial growth from setting in. Feed him a good diet of fresh, frozen, and live foods for best growth. Do frequent water changes and keep the tank at a nice temp.
Hope he heals quickly!