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Old 10-10-2012, 04:35 PM   #41 
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Your nitrates are a little high but water changes take care of that.

Unfortunately sometimes rips get worse before they get better. As long as there are no black edges anywhere, it should heal.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:29 PM   #42 
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i don't think there are any black edges but he does have naturally dark fins so its hard to tell

here are some pictures of his fins i'm not sure if they are healing or not
but i have seen less holes since adding stress coat

how long does fin rot normally take to heal?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #43 
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They might be healing but it looks like he might be taking bites out too. Those U-shaped marks really look like a betta's teethmarks. But no, I don't see the thick black edging that would indicate a really serious rot. If he's biting his fins, it'll take twice as long to heal but a mild case of rot could heal anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:39 PM   #44 
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if he is biting his fins how do i stop him?
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:19 PM   #45 
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Hahaha, if I knew the answer to that, I'd write a book and make a million. :D Unfortunately, if he's biting his fins there's not a whole lot you can do. You can rearrange his decor, add more hiding places, or try playing with him (some people use colored plastic bottle tops off soda bottles) and see if that helps. A betta might bite because he's bored, or because he's threatened by his tail and thinks it's another male betta, or because his tail is too heavy for him. It's really hard to tell.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:24 PM   #46 
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the holes have come back now and his anal fin has split, could it be i'm stressing him out with to many water changes? i do 99% change every two days

i'm thinking about putting salt in the tank,
but that would mean i have to clean it out everyday
and put new salt in everyday

is it possible his holes and tears are caused by stress?
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:08 PM   #47 
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What size is the tank again? If it's a gallon or more, then you don't need to change the salt every day.

It's possible it's stress but it's also possible it's just natural wear and tear. The larger the fins on these bettas, the more delicate and fragile the tissue. As the bettas age, the fins become even more fragile and after a while, it's just impossible to keep the fins looking perfect without putting them in a tiny tank where they can't move much. I would say as long as you are not seeing abnormal behavior or black edgings then we might be looking at normal wear and tear. Sometimes it's just so hard to tell with these little guys.

Double check your decor, make sure there's nothing he's snagging his fins on.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #48 
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the tank is 6 gallons, how much would i need to change the salt for that?

he does have big fins and i don't know his age i think he might be a year
and i don't think there are black edges but there was some white stuff hanging to his fins this morning

i've looked at the decor and the most likely things he could snag it on is the heater nob or the gravel
here's a pic of his fins today
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:18 PM   #49 
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If you switch him to AQ salt, it would be for 14 days maximum and you can continue with your normal water change schedule. Just be sure to keep track of how much water you take out because that is how much salt you will replace. So if you change 50%, replace 3 tsps of salt (1 tsp per each of the 3 gallons). It's important not to ever replace the full amount of salt unless you've taken the full amount of water out.

It looks good. I still don't see black edges so I don't think we're looking at rot here. If we were, his fins would probably be totally gone by now. It could be normal wear and tear.

Out of curiosity though, do you know what your pH is? On rare occasions, a high pH can cause fin deterioration.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:31 AM   #50 
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I've put tonic salts in the tank and he doesn't seem to mind,
i think tonic salts might be the same as aq salts

I hope It is just normal wear and tear
and not fin rot

the Ph was 6.8 last time i checked
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