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Old 01-03-2013, 11:25 PM   #1 
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Should I be worried?

When I first got my red Betta, I noticed darker coloring on the tips of his fins - I didn't know if this was his coloring if it was the start of a disease or something...

This is what he looked like when I first got him (about five days ago)



And him now







Should I be worried or am I just over reacting?
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:26 PM   #2 
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His body looks a bit darker in the more recent pictures because of the tank lighting changes and where he was in the tank... The only differences i've noticed in person are his fins.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:49 PM   #3 
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What size is your tank? 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 76-78
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta Pellets & bloodworms as 'treats'
How often do you feed your betta fish? Every morning (about 11am-12pm)

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 30%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus, Aqueon Water Conditioner, and Aqueon Ammonia Neutralizer

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? n/a

Ammonia: n/a
Nitrite: n/a
Nitrate: n/a
pH: n/a
Hardness: n/a
Alkalinity: n/a

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fins have become less 'full'
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? It hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About 2-3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Slowly adding 2 tablespoons of API Aq. Salt to tank
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? n/a

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:15 AM   #4 
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I wouldnt be worried. I mean it does look like some minor fin rot but that can be fixed with what you were already doing, clean warm water. You can definitely add AQ salt, but I wouldnt yet. If it gets worse, THEN i would add some. 1tsp/gallon with water changes every day...replacing only the amount of salt that you removed each day.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:20 AM   #5 
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I wouldnt be worried. I mean it does look like some minor fin rot but that can be fixed with what you were already doing, clean warm water. You can definitely add AQ salt, but I wouldnt yet. If it gets worse, THEN i would add some. 1tsp/gallon with water changes every day...replacing only the amount of salt that you removed each day.
For now should I just do 50% water changes per. day? I've already added some AQ salt (around a tablespoon), is that alright? I wouldn't think it could hurt.

Thanks for the feedback
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:40 AM   #6 
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Yeah he has some mild finrot which since you got him five days ago (and he had it when you got him) was due to the petshop not caring for him. AQ salt and clean water will clear it up really fast and he should bounce back from it easily. It's nothing CLOSE to what my little red guy had when I got him. Extream fin rot, ammonia burns ALL OVER his body, and bacterial infections. Was 2 months of hell for us but he recovered. Can't wait to see this guy brighten up again. He's very pretty, veiltails move soooo beautifully in the water, they are just amazing.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:43 AM   #7 
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Yeah he has some mild finrot which since you got him five days ago (and he had it when you got him) was due to the petshop not caring for him. AQ salt and clean water will clear it up really fast and he should bounce back from it easily. It's nothing CLOSE to what my little red guy had when I got him. Extream fin rot, ammonia burns ALL OVER his body, and bacterial infections. Was 2 months of hell for us but he recovered. Can't wait to see this guy brighten up again. He's very pretty, veiltails move soooo beautifully in the water, they are just amazing.
Wow! I'm glad to hear you were able to get him recovered!

I'll definitely post pictures when he's 100% well again

Thanks!
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I won't lie I thought he wasn't going to pull through. He came to me in bad shape and his scares from the burns will never fully go away but otherwise he turned out so nice, can't wait to see your little man well again.

And...:O does he have blue eyes too?
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I won't lie I thought he wasn't going to pull through. He came to me in bad shape and his scares from the burns will never fully go away but otherwise he turned out so nice, can't wait to see your little man well again.

And...:O does he have blue eyes too?
Good thing he had a good caretaker to nurse him back!

And, I'm not sure, I'll have to get a closer look at him... It would be awesome if he did!

I just added the rest of the dissolved AQ salt to his tank, and did a tiny water change (10%) hopefully he'll be better in no time.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:19 AM   #10 
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He has some mild fin rot which is not a big problem, but while I was looking very close to your photos I've noticed some sort of pineconing... or am I wrong? Maybe are just the scales because he doesn't seem to be bloated at all. I am confused...
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