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Old 01-25-2011, 10:02 PM   #1 
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Exclamation fin rot or not???

I need help with my betta! I've had him (Gilbert) since September and it is now January. I got him from Petsmart because he was suffering. He barely moved on the first day. But now he seems extremely happy and always swims around happily.

I put him into a 3 gallon tank with a heater and a filter.
The heater recently broke, but I bought a new one today.

I noticed that his fins have been ripped for a while. The thing is is that I use silk plants and there are no sharp objects in there to tear his fins.

I change 25% of the water every other day and then do a 100% water change every 3 weeks.

I've noticed that his fins aren't getting any better.

Please help me ! I can't determine if it's fin rot or not.

Also, I don't know if his colors are normal! He's kind of a white-ish color with purple & red.

I included a video! help please!
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:17 PM   #2 
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Unless he didn't have that split when you got him, he could be a vale tail/double tail betta. Store bought bettas are never really pure, so you could have an odd mutt!
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Unless he didn't have that split when you got him, he could be a vale tail/double tail betta. Store bought bettas are never really pure, so you could have an odd mutt!
Actually, when I first got him, his tail wasn't split, but about 2-3 days afterwards, I looked at him & it was split. Could it be fin rot?
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:27 PM   #4 
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It does not seem to be fin rot. Looks like a snag or he bit his own tail. Some bettas will attack themselves for something to do. Just treat him with aquarium salt and maybe get him one of those floating mirrors for something to do. Mine loves it.
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It does not seem to be fin rot. Looks like a snag or he bit his own tail. Some bettas will attack themselves for something to do. Just treat him with aquarium salt and maybe get him one of those floating mirrors for something to do. Mine loves it.
Okay thanks! But, if it was just a snag, why hasn't the fin grown back to it's natural look? It's been four months. any idea ?
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #6 
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not sure on that one. that might mean he is a tail biter. Or it just healed that way. Sometimes with big splits, the fins never heal the same way. This could be his new makeover for himself. If he is happy and healthy then let him be. Also, don't use the salt for more than a week. after than do your water changes. Too much salt in the water is never good for them.
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not sure on that one. that might mean he is a tail biter. Or it just healed that way. Sometimes with big splits, the fins never heal the same way. This could be his new makeover for himself. If he is happy and healthy then let him be. Also, don't use the salt for more than a week. after than do your water changes. Too much salt in the water is never good for them.
Thanks so much! I just have another question. do you think those are his natural colors? because when I first got him, his body was white and the rest was a purplish/pinkish color. and after about 2 months, his fins sort of turned red.
Would that be considered normal?
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Yes, this can be normal. Bettas can change with age just like humans. Some people love to get the butterfly types (the ones with a bold colored body and white fins) then after a while they wined up being a solid bold color. It just happens.
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