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Old 04-06-2013, 01:44 AM   #1 
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Clamped fin/fin rot?

Housing
What size is your tank? 1.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 77 F
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? Tetra Betta Plus Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 5 days a week with pellets, one day a week with a bloodworm.

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? 25 percent
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Dechlorinator and a pinch of aquarium salt

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has become paler and his fins are more rugged. He may possibly have fin rot?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? When I got him he was very active. I had him in a bowl to start out with for about a month, where he then developed clamped fin. During that time he was very sluggish and would often sit at the bottom of the bowl or float near the top. I then transferred him into a tank with a filter and heater in which his fins reopened within a week. He is more active now, yet still sits at the bottom of the tank pretty often.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? When he got clamped fin a month ago, and the fin rot about a week and a half ago when he reopened his fins.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I got him into the new tank and have been doing weekly water changes as well as adding a small amount of aquarium salt each time.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Just the clamped fin.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 2-3 months

I am wondering if he does in fact have fin rot and if so how badly he has it. Also, if there is anything else I should be doing to help him recover if he is still sick. These are some before and after pictures.

In February when I got him:

A week and a half ago when he reopened his fins, the bottom and top back fin have split and there is a small hole in the bottom back fin:

Today:

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The filter may be too much for a tank that size. Try turning it off for a while & see what he does. I don't use a filter on a tank that size, IMO, they're usually more trouble than they're worth. Also since you're not testing your water for ammonia, nitrites & nitrates (especially ammonia) I suspect you have a water quality issue. A small volume of water like that needs more water changes. I would do 1-2 50%+ & a 100% change per week & forget about the filter. Are you using a good water conditioner such as Prime?
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