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Old 05-30-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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Do fins "break"?

Hello forum. Got another specific question that I'm not finding definitive answers for.

My yellow tang came out of QT about a month and a half ago, she had some nip marks in her fins from the damsel that I returned to LFS, but those have since healed up. After moving her to the main and letting her negotiate the pecking order with my Indian Yellowtail Angel, there is a 1/2" section of her dorsal fin where about 1/8" of the fin looks bent over or broken. It appears as if the cartilage is "creased".

I treat weekly with vitamins and she eats lots of seaweed and spirulina, a good diet. She is also recovering from what I'm pretty sure was HLLE. Will the fins eventually "repair" from a break, the same way they do from nips, or is this something she will always have? It shouldn't prevent her from being otherwise healthy, should it?

Thanks in advance,

In order of setup:

FW1-16g, 5 Zebra danios, 4 Pristella Tetras, 4 Black Skirt Tetras, 2 Gold Barbs, 1 Brush-nose Pleco
FW2-5g, 1 Baby Gold Marble Angel (raised from fry), 6 Zebra Danios
SW1-75g, (80# LR), Scarlett hermits, Turbo snails, Percula Clownfish (Gizmo), Oscellaris Clownfish (Whizzer), Indian Yellowtail Angelfish (Mikado), Royal Gramma (Orpheus), Black Sailfin Blenny (Casper), Yellow Tang (Pele), Racoon Butterflyfish (Raptor), Lyretail Anthia (Juliette)
FW3-30g, 2 mated Gold Marble Angels (Oscar/Yenta)
SW2-20g, QT, currently empty
FW4-30g, currently empty
FW5-20g, 2 Gold Angels (non-paired)
SW3-35g (REFUGIUM for SW1) - EVIL ChocChipStar, Nassarius and Turbo snails
SW4-55g, 4 BlueGreen Chromis, King's Crown snail.
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Old 05-30-2005, 06:37 PM   #2
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It should eventually look normal again although I couldn't tell you how long. The only time the finnage will not regrow/repair itself is usually when there is actually bone damage. Soft tissue/cartilage will typically bounce back.

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