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Old 10-26-2011, 09:56 AM   #1 
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Anyone Have Experience With This?

Hello everyone,

My betta Anthony has been showing signs of "curly" fins, plus there are some little black dots on them. He doesn't seem bothered by it and it doesn't seem to fit any description of fin rot I've ever seen.

I read somewhere that their fins can become curly due to hard water. Does anyone know if this is true, and if so, should I add some RO bottled water to cut the hardness of the DC tap water?

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Old 10-26-2011, 11:05 AM   #2 
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I couldn't tell by the pic...but the little black dots may be normal pigment...fin curling isn't normal but it isn't abnormal either.....in other words...it is common and not harmful to the Betta...sometimes it can be related to hard water and sometimes it is related to breeding...often as the Betta ages the fins will curl even in soft water....so I can't say hard water is the only cause......

It won't hurt to mix a 50/50 tap and R/O water, however, I wouldn't unless you have test kit for pH, GH/KH so that you can insure that extremes are avoid...
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Thanks again for your quick reply, OFL! The support you receive in this forum is awesome!

I do have test kits galore and test regularly. It is always one notch below extremely hard; the top reading available for hardness. The pH and other readings are always good. I am using two kinds of paper strip kits. I see there are liquid testing kits available - should I invest in that??
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Personally, if you want to mess/change pH and hardness (not recommended) I would use the liquid reagent type of testing product...the pH high and low and the KH/GH....test strips are fine for a quick look but I personally don't depend on them-especially if I am changing the pH and hardness of the water...I don't change it for any of my Bettas...but I do change it when I spawn some species of fish I work with-some species need softer water for the eggs to hatch or even to spawn in some cases......But for my Bettas they are kept in my well water that I like to call liquid rock....lol....and have not had any fin curly issues in the well water 8.8 pH and over 300 KH/GH......CT's rays can be a bit more sensitive to my well water-so I stopped keeping them...

If you do change the pH and hardness-be sure and have the replacement water changed and do a slow acclimation to the new chemistry with every water change.....
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