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Old 12-16-2012, 07:59 PM   #1 
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Is this finrot?

I noticed that my betta's fins have recently started to curl and look a bit scraggly, but I'm not sure if this is finrot or something else. My 1 gal (upgrading to 2.5 gal next week!) is heated and I do about 2-3 (50% and 90%) water changes every week.

Could someone kindly look at the pictures and give me some advice? Thanks!



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Old 12-16-2012, 10:57 PM   #2 
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That doesn't look like fin rot to me, it looks more like the fins got snagged on some plants or something. But I am fairly new to betta raising so I could be wrong.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:24 PM   #3 
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Oh, so you think that he's tearing his fins on the plants then? Should I take them out or would the lack of "shelter" stress him out more?
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:28 PM   #4 
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I am not sure, My betta's fins looked like that for about a week and then went back to normal by themselves so it's hard to say. i'd see what some of the more experienced members take a look. I just looked at some more pictures of betta fin rot and I guess this could be it but the curling doesn't sound typical of fin rot.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:01 AM   #5 
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The spiky glow in the dark plants at the bottom of the second picture tore my betta's fins to shreds. I bet thats your problem. I ended up pulling them all out of the base and just stuck the one with the rounded leaves down in the sand.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:11 AM   #6 
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A good trick is to do the pantyhose test.

Run a pair of pantyhose over a piece of decor. If it snags then it is not safe for your betta.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:16 AM   #7 
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Ah alright, thanks for your help! I just removed it, so hopefully his fins will begin to heal up soon. Are all the plants removable after they're pulled out of the base or only the one with the flat leaves?
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:29 AM   #8 
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Oops I didn't see your reply earlier, Kithy. Yes I'll do that before I purchase new plants next time. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:39 AM   #9 
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All of them are removable from the base. :)
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:03 AM   #10 
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Oh sorry. I meant to ask are they all usable (not removable, autocorrect typo) from your experience or are some of the smaller ones too sharp?
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