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My betta fish has fin damage, will he be okay?

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Asked at 2011.04.07 22:39:06
I have a betta fish in a two gallon tank, with a filter. I normally keep the filter off, because it's too strong and my betta is always swimming against it/being hit by it's current. A few days ago I decided to turn it on, and I watched the tank for a few minutes, and everything looked fine. I came home and went to my room, and I saw him stuck in the filter!
I ran to the tank and unplugged the filter, and at first I thought he was dead :( But then he started swimming and moving, and I fed him, and watched him for 5 or 10 minutes. He seemed fine, so I carried on with my day.
The past couple days I've been keeping a close eye on him, and he's seemed fine, but today when I came home form school he was lying on the bottom of the tank in an awkward looking position, and for a moment I thought he was dead. I tapped the side of the tank, and he struggled to move, but he couldn't. One fin looked like it was working really hard, and the other didn't look like it was moving at all, but it was there. When he started to swim he swam kinda lopsided, and couldn't go for very long.
I'm not sure what to do! Why did it suddenly get worse, and what can I do to help him? Will it get better, or is he going to die soon? :((((((((((((((
answer Bettas r cool  Answered at 2011.04.07 22:39:06
Do a 50% water change, take out the filter, remove anything that his fins could snag on, and the fins should heal on their own. Just pay close attention to your betta and feed it sinking food such as algae or sinking pellets.
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