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Old 03-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #1 
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Please Help!!!

Well my betta has something wrong. His scales in the back started turning black a bit after i first got him. The black has grown and now his like whole tail is black and his whole back side. I kinda think its fin rot because his fins that are black are not as full as they used to and are kinda "eaten" away but, if it is fin rot, it didnt start from the tips of the fins: it started from his body. Also, he has developed 2 dark spots on his head. By the way i got him in the late summer. Hes a male and he's white. Please help!!!!!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:26 AM   #2 
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Pictures!!

the first picture is when i first got him
the second picture is about midway when i got him and now
the third and fourth pictures are now
the fifth picture are the two spots on his head
the sixth picture is his food. i give him two pellets a day.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:42 AM   #3 
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It looks like he's changing colors. They do that as I discovered recently.
It also looks like he may be a tail biter. I'm not seeing the grey "melt" that fin rot looks like.
Is he still eating and otherwise acting normal?
Hopefully someone else will chime in here.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:49 AM   #4 
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It looks like he's changing colors. They do that as I discovered recently.
It also looks like he may be a tail biter. I'm not seeing the grey "melt" that fin rot looks like.
Is he still eating and otherwise acting normal?
Hopefully someone else will chime in here.
Yes i feed him two of those pellets a day and he eats them happily. he is somewhat active so i would consider him as normal. besides the color changing, spots on his head, and the tail changing colors too, hes normal.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:36 PM   #5 
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I'd say he's a marble, so wouldn't be worried about the colour changes. He might have nibbled on his tail or have torn it on something before and it looks like it's healing up. I think you are doing something right :)
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:39 AM   #6 
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No worries, he is just marbling on ya. sometimes they are stressed in the store and are color and a few hours in warm, clean water and they turn another. mine always end up red and thats the color i try and adviod

stress coat will help his fins regrow if you dont already use it.

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Old 03-03-2012, 09:22 PM   #7 
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Yup, changing on ya..

As far as the feeding.. I would up it to a minimum of 4 pellets a day on those, 6 max spread between two feedings.
Two pellets a day is not going to give him the nutrition he needs to be healthy and active.

Having more nutrition *may* help stop him from biting/eating his own tail.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:01 PM   #8 
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Definitely a marble, so the colour change isn't anything to worry about. For the fin wounds, warm clean water is the best cure. What size is your tank?

If you can boost the temperature to 82 for a little while, it will help him heal up faster. :)
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:25 PM   #9 
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Bettas can eat their tails?!?!?!?
IDK what I would do if Spike started eating his gorgeous tail.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:32 AM   #10 
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Yup, colour change.

Plastic plants and ornaments with sharp edges, just enough to catch on a nylon stocking, can tear a fin, so check those with an old stocking - if it catches, take it out.

I can't see rot (I have recent experience with it, sadly, and this doesn't look like it) so maybe he's tail biting. I've read that tail biting is sometimes caused by boredom or stress - does your betta have a cave or soft bushy plants to hide in? Fake ones are ok, if they're silk. If he's got a lot to explore, he might make himself too busy to bite it.

Looks to me like there's a little regrowth happening already? Or is it just my tired eyes?
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