Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Can you post a pic....
Sometimes, some, not all-Long fin males-assuming he is a long fin male-The water movement can cause tattered fins-especially in the smaller tanks-somewhat like the flag in the wind effect. Once they have an opening in the tissue-this can invite a secondary infection.
What I would recommend-turn off the filter for now and start a fresh/dechlorinated water and tannin treatment-along with good nutrition.
If you have either Indian almond leaf or naturally dried and fallen from the tree-Oak leaf-I would add one of these to the tank and to a jug of pre-tanned water to use for partial water changes every other day 50% for 1 week and see if you see any improvement-mainly the fin stops tattering and sign of re-growth. It can take weeks to months for full regrowth.
I would stop using the pH product-most Betta will adapt to your source water pH and unless you have proper buffers the pH will rebound on you anyway. A stable pH is more important than one rebounding.
What kind of testing products are you using and what are your baseline reading on your source water-both with and without additives-for-Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and KH/GH if you have that.
What is the source water-well water, city supplied tap water and do you have a water softening unit hooked up on the house, if so, can you bypass it for the Betta if its the type that uses salt.
Nutrition-good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals-If you have access to live mosquito larva-offer several rinsed a couple times a day to boost protein intake to support the immune response and healing.
You don't want or need to soak the pellets-this can leach the nutrients and water soluble vitamins. Pellets don't swell up in the gut like they do in water since the gut/GI tract contains enzymes and gastric acid that will break the food down for digestion.
Good luck and keep us posted.
I can and will post a picture.
I will turn off the filter today and do a water change. Also, I will not add any pH down.
Pre-tanned water.. I have never heard of that but I am going to guess its water you leave out in the sun to absorb any chemicals or contaminants? Please clarify, I would love to learn what this is :)
I don't have almond leave or oak but I will hustle to find some, there must be some around here.
I was using the API testing kit, for both untouched tap water the pH reading came to 7.6 or a very heavy blue (similar to the forum skin) but I have not tested for the rest besides the ammonia. I didn't log the nitrate but if I recall correctly it did come out normal. I used a friends kit so I will have to pick up my own to redo the testing.
Water source currently half is tap water and half filtered drinking water. They both come out with the same level of pH. The water here in Colorado is actually pretty tough too. I don't have a softener here. I do not have mosquito larvae but I will look around for some. Right now its freezing, a little tough to find or attempt to grow any.
The reason I soaked the pellets was because he is so small that the micro pellets wouldn't fit in his mouth and he would give up eating. I will try to cut them in half instead of soaking them.