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Old 08-29-2011, 11:04 PM   #1 
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What is this?

Just bought a betta and noticed the fins are starting to clump together at the ends. Does any know what this is and how to treat it. Right now I have him in a bowl but I'm waiting for a 5 gallon tank to be delivered. Hopefully will have it by Friday.

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Also noticed that the back of his body floats a little. He still eats well though.

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Old 08-29-2011, 11:06 PM   #2 
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It looks like fin melt to me? As for treatment I don't know, but clean water won't hurt him at all. As for his butt floating give him a day or two with soaked foods to see if he improves. He might literally just have gas in his stomach or intestines at the moment, but it should hopefully clear up soon.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:40 AM   #3 
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Bizarre...My guess would be that this is from high levels of ammonia and/or nitrates in the water. Clean water with aquarium salt is supposed to help curled fins straighten out, maybe it could do something for your boy as well?

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Old 08-30-2011, 02:19 AM   #4 
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What a handsome boy with gorgeous color!
That looks like fin melt to me which like most problems is due to poor water quality.
Here is what I would do:
1) pre mix 1 tsp of Aquarium Salt in 1 gal of conditioned water in a clean jug
2) add Indian Almond Leaf (IAL) if you have, few crushed leaves to be steeped 30-60 minutes to release the tannins
3) add API Stress Coat or Seachem Stress Guard if available
4) then pour into his current container and add him
5) repeat the above steps daily and observe for 5 days for changes
6) fast for couple of days (for the floaty butt), he looks healthy otherwise so no need to worry about skipping couple days of meals to see if this goes away
7) varied diet including high protein like frozen bloodworm, brine shrimp etc will help strengthen and growth of the fins

HTH! Basically super clean water is what he needs now. Good luck with your betta and keep us posted.

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Old 08-30-2011, 11:48 AM   #5 
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Thanks for the responses. I'll treat with the salt water and keep you posted.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:29 PM   #6 
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Swimmy looks like he is getting better. Fin melt looks like it might be gone.

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I did the salt treatment for about 5 days now. From looking at the pictures, can I stop with the salt treatment now?

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:14 PM   #7 
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I think salt can stop now. His fins are looking excellent. Just keep up on water changes for the rest of the 5 days to try and prevent any sort of rot from setting in before going to a normal schedule.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:55 PM   #8 
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What a beautiful betta! Love your shots of him too. I would keep him for another day or two as I think there may be still some faint black-ish areas on the fins. So continue with AQ just to be on the safe side. At least that's what I would do

Great work with him! Well done!
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