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Old 07-21-2012, 01:15 PM   #1 
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Does my betta look ok?

This is chilly.
It seems I have been feeding him too much. Does he look overweight or bloated?



Also, there are some black spots on his tail fins. Is that fin rot? Should I treat him? How?
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He is in a cycled baby biorb. Since I wanted to maintain good water quality I had been changing 50% of the water each week. Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates(!) are always at zero when I measure. The plants aren't doing too well. I had been battling diatomes, but I finally bought this silica removing filter thing and the diatomes have stopped growing.
I'm not sure what I should do. Should I change more water or less? I would like to change less, because I would like to accumulate some more Nitrates for my plants, but is that bad for my betta?
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:09 PM   #2 
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i know sometimes red bettas get a darker looking outline on their fins, one of my red girls had it but it didnt turn out to be fin rot. just watch it closely and see what happens.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:49 PM   #3 
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Your fish doesn't look bloated or overweight to me... but keep in mind that bettas don't need a whole lot of food; their stomach is about the size of one of their eyes. If you're concerned, you can go without feeding him for a day, but he looks fine. :)
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:42 PM   #4 
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Thanks! I will keep a close look on his tail and just feed him less from now on.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:13 PM   #5 
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Hello and Welcome, I would first like to know how big is that tank, for any tank under 2 gal, without filter, you would need to do 2-3 partial water changes a week, and 1 100% weekly, no matter what, and what are you feeding him, that would also depend on how much..and what type of food, and do you have a heater in your tank?

do you know what the temp is..you need a thermometer to watch for temp changes as this will effect how your betta eats, and overall health will be..

so right now I don't think it's fin rot, but I would change the water more often, not less to ensure it does not become fin rot.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:52 PM   #6 
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The tank is 4 gallon and has a filter. I did a fish less cycle before I put my betta in. The recommendations were to change 15% of water every week. I have been changing 50%, because I wanted to keep the water very clean for the betta.

The problem is that my plants are not growing. I would like to change a bit less to allow some nitrates to build up to feed my plants. But of course I don't want to do that at the expense of my bettas health.

There's a heater in there. The temperature has been at 80 degrees pretty steadily.

I'm feeding Hikari betta bio gold pellets. I had been feeding 8 pellets per day, but was advised that's too much. That's why I'm reducing it to 5 pellets.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #7 
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I am actually feeding about the same amount, same type of food to my lil guys, and I have not experienced any problems, they are micro tiny..so I do 3 in the morn, and 3 at night, and sometimes, 2 before bed..I get at home after work round 5ish..so I feed again around 12 hrs later, from the morning feeding, and it seems like a great schedule, on Sunday's I feed only 1 pellet each..If you have a cycled and filtered tank, then the 15% should be ok, and sounds like all is well, and stable so keep doing it that way, and then do your 50%, you shouldn't need full tank change for a month..with a cycled and filtered tank.
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