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Old 04-30-2012, 04:59 PM   #1 
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Is my betta okay?

Hey guys! Recently I've been noticing my betta's fins have been looking a little rough on the edges. I don't know if he's still growing into them or if there is actually something wrong with them. Could ya help me out? Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:04 PM   #2 
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Maybe he's ripping his fins on some sort of decor?

If its not that it could be tail-biting.

Doesn't look like fin-rot to me.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:33 PM   #3 
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I mean, I am around him a lot and I've never seen him nip at his fins. Also, nothing in his tank is sharp so I don't know if he's catching them on anything :/
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #4 
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If there are any plastic plants then it is surely plastic plants ripping fins
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are those silk plants you can get at petco/petsmart considered plastic? if so i'll get those out of the tank right now!
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #6 
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Nope. Silk is not plastic and silk is usually very soft and won't effect bettas fins.

Do you have a filter in your tank, as long finned bettas have somewhat delicate fins and the constant flow of a filter, even when it's baffled can still effect the fins.

How large is the tank

From constantly swimming long finned bettas delicate tailed can also become a bit shredded

What's the substrate

From experience I've noticed that bettas with gravel substrate in there tank have ragged fins
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:07 PM   #7 
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well i recently broke one of his decorations while cleaning his tank so he only has two silk plants. personally i think my filter is fine. i have gone through SO many filters and i think i've found the one! his tank is either 3 or 3.5 gallons..not sure hah. he has gravel as his substrate so maybe that's it.

is the other option for substrate sand? and if so, is it harder to manage..like for cleaning and stuff like that?
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Sand is easier to clean IMO. I personally use quickcrete play sand and I love the way it looks

How long have you had gravel within the tank? Of it started quite a while after you've had the gravel then I would think that it would be tailbiting and not the gravel
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well i can always change the substrate to sand and see if that helps. thanks!
if the substrate isn't the problem and tailbiting is..how do i help him out?
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Usually keep the stress in the environment minimal, place more cover on the tank, feed the fish a variety of foods, etc. and change the decorations during each 100% water change, but only slightly
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