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Old 09-12-2009, 10:59 PM   #1 
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Fin rot or just torn fins?

We recently bought a betta, and our son affectionately named him Dirt. We have had him for about 4 weeks, and his fins started looking tattered in just the last few days. I removed a plastic plant that might be responsible for tearing the fins , but I'm wondering if he is showing signs of fin rot as well? Any advice from more experienced betta owners is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:35 PM   #2 
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I think its a bit of both.
But what size tank/ bowl are you keeping him in?
Do you have a heater/filter?

Some more information would be helpful,
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:28 AM   #3 
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It looks like ripping :( I wouldn't say fin rot because the fins just look sliced up, while fin rot will usually either shorten or fray the very edge of the fins.

I'd recommend you give him a few salt baths daily and add some bettafix to his tank to help promote fin heal... the salt baths will make sure the wounds don't get infected and prevent fin rot!
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:33 PM   #4 
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Thanks for the advice. Since we removed the plant yesterday and replaced the water, we have already seen some of the fin healing. The hole in the middle of the back fin is virtually gone now.

He's in a 1/2 gallon bowl with no heater or filter. We clean the bowl and replace the water (using betta water conditioner) once each week being careful to keep the temperature the same which is about 75F.
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:) Good to hear!

Just some advice... a bowl of that size should be cleaned AT LEAST every 3 days to keep ammonia build up to an absolute minimum. Ammonia, which is produced by fish wastes can be deadly in large doses and will otherwise stress your fish out making it more susceptible to sickness.

Getting a tank of at least 2.5 gallons and cycling it with a filter is best. Not only will they have lots of room to swim happily, but once your tank is Cycled, this being a method that establishes beneficial bacteria in your tank that often live in the filter will neutralize any harmful toxins in the water (ammonia and nitrite), providing the best health for your fish and reducing the need for frequent water changes. A heater is also good because betta fish thrive best at temperatures around 80F :D. 75F is the minimum temperature to keep betta fish at and is borderline room temperature. Warmer water contribute to better betta fish health, stresses them out less and once again making them less prone to sickness.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #6 
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Not to mention makes them even more beautiful than they already are ;)
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:11 PM   #7 
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Oh yes, :P and of course that <3 And we all want our fishies looking and feeling their best!
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:40 PM   #8 
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To the other posters.. Can you get a heater for smaller type tanks like 1/2 and 1 gallons? And is there anything you can get to test nitrates and ammonia in your water?
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:03 AM   #9 
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Um... there are small heaters, but they can easily over heat a tank that small.

And there are test kits, they usually have them at your local pet store.

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Old 09-19-2009, 10:57 PM   #10 
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Thanks again to everyone for the advice. Just wanted to give an updated picture, one week after removing the plastic plant. The picture quality is not as good as in the first post, but you can still see significant fin healing.
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