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Old 07-21-2012, 10:11 PM   #1 
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First betta - is his tail okay?

Okay. So this is my very first betta - I bought him I think three days ago. He's always been active, even in the store, which is part of why I picked him. His colors have also always been very bright - he was red, blue, purple and I even saw hints of green while in that tiny cup. I brought him home, and started noticing that his tail always curls in the same way. It's perfectly straight when he flares. It also has a hint of transparent black at the end. I haven't seen the black area grow or change at all, so I hope that's just his color.
Tank size: 10 gallon
Temperate: heated, 74 to 78, not adjustable
Bubbles: will be added as soon as I can buy a suction cup
Filtration: will be added next pay check
Tank mates: not yet
Food: Aqua Culture betta pellets, 3 or 4 twice a day
Water changes: none yet. Planning on 50% changes weekly(or more, if anybody has any advice?)
Additives: Tetra BettaSafe conditioner, as directed
Water test: not yet
Color: getting better, but was always good
Behavior: he's always been active, even in the tiny pet store cup. Occasionally flares at his reflection, but moves on after a few seconds
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #2 
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Do you know the hardness of your water? Sometimes hard water makes their tails curl.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:19 PM   #3 
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No, I don't. Does the conditioner not take care of water hardness?
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:52 PM   #4 
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the transparent parts are new fins growing in, and the curling is from water hardness. It's not a bad thing, it's just pesky (especially if you have crowntails). The best thing I would recommend is getting some Indian almond leaves. You just put them in the water and after a few days the hardness drops. But its not a necessity for healthy living. Bettas can tolerate a wide range of water hardness
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:59 PM   #5 
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Okay - thank you! If it's not a risk to his health, I'll get it when I have a few spare dollars. A filter and installing his bubble stone comes first :)
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:00 PM   #6 
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Buddha;s has the transparent on his fins, but that's because it's healing from the fin rot he had. Also, fins curl, but we actually have really soft water...

but i think it's okay :)
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