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Old 02-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #1 
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Is this fin rot?

A few days ago I bought a betta from petsmart, when I got home I noticed he has rust red color growing out from his body and into his fins. But it seems to be getting worse.
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Can't tell from the pic but if the rust is fuzzy he could have velvet. Do you see it with regular lighting or when you shine a flashlight on him?
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:15 AM   #3 
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With the regular light I see the rust color, but with a flashlight the color looks like blood coming from his body and runs into his fins. It's clear looking too.

He's in the tank with a small school of neons, but I watched them and they don't nip at him at all, they get along very well.
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Are you sure its not his coloring? Some Bettas have a rust or red color on their body & it's typically not solid. A better pic would help.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #5 
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I went to try and take a better pic of him, noticed the red has banded down further into his tail, it's spreading, and it seems that my neons have the same "rust" at the base of their fins.
If this is a bacteria I don't have fish antibiotics, I have opthalmic antibiotics for cats/horses.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:25 AM   #6 
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Have you tested your water for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates & Ph? I'd start with that, hopefully you have a liquid test kit. If you don't have the proper test kit, do a 50% water change & then go buy the test kit. How long has your tank been running? Was it properly cycled before you added the fish? If not you are currently doing a fish IN cycle & it will be VERY important for you to do frequent water changes & would be even more helpful if you had a liquid test kit to check your water parameters.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #7 
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Tank - 20gal planted
pH - 7.4
Nitrate - 0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite- .25


I added media, rocks, and water from my other tank a month ago, I added fish last week.
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Are you using the liquid test kit? You have 0 nitrAte & .25 nitrItes? Or is that backwards? If you do have .25 nitrItes then you need to do a water change because nitrItes are dangerous to the fish. When was your last water changed? Because all of your fish seem to have the same signs, I'm leaning towards nitrIte poisoning & I would do a 50% water change to get that nitrIte down to 0. I understand that .25 isn't too bad but with what you're describing I would still do a water change. Adding media from another tank won't cycle the tank unless you also provide ammonia, the BB will die off without an ammonia source, did you add ammonia while the tank was fish LESS?
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he's a doubletail, and that gold color on his body and fins is his coloring. many black bettas have it. it's beautiful. :V
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Okay, so I ended up changing 25% water. My fish don't seem lethargic at all, they're swimming around top and bottom, eating, playing, sleeping etc.
If the nitrites still test later on I'll do another change. Oh and I have a liquid test kit.
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