Originally Posted by ejcapulet
My blue betta, Renoir, has suddenly developed splits in his fins! We moved from China to the US 6 weeks ago and I shipped Renoir by air and he arrived safe and sound and showed no signs of stress, but this morning I noticed that he has developed splits in his fins - especially in his tail. He lives in a 1.5 gallon tank in the busiest room in the house and in full view of the TV so he doesn't feel forgotten, the tank has plain gravel, no decorations or plants, and no other fish, I do a 3/4 water change once a week and remove him to do the change. Is he getting ick or is he stressed out from being bored, he used to live with 10 hyper-active danios who kept him irritated but busy (the danios went to live with one of my friends who is still in China), or is he lonely? Should I get him some marbles to push around or do I need to put destresser in the water? It would just break my heart to loose him! Help!
With a tank that small you need to be doing water changes at least three times a week. Bettas get nervous in empty spaces so I highly suggest getting some plants or decorations instead of marbles. Do you use water conditioner?
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Symptoms and Treatment
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