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Old 05-01-2011, 12:20 AM   #1 
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Is this fin rot?

My fish is active, he always eats. His Spreads out his Fins. When i got him he looked like this from his little cup. But i cant tell if its getting worse or not. What do you guys think i should do?

What size is your tank?9 BiUbe
What temperature is your tank? 74-76
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? It was but i took it out didnt need where i live
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?None

What type of food do you feed your betta fish?Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 in morning and at night

How often do you perform a water change? Every sunday
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? almost half
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Normal Conditioning
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Old 05-01-2011, 03:01 AM   #2 
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Your explanation of his care seems good. He'd probably like to be a touch warmer (78-80). If he was that way when you got him in his "little cup" the chance of him biting his fins are pretty good. That's what it looks like to me. Keep him stress free and be patient...their fins take time to "re-grow." If you have "rapid water movement" in the tank that Could stress him as well. They like very little current, if any. Try mixing in some other foods...bloodworms, brine shrimp, is a good start. Believe it or not they like a variety. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:42 AM   #3 
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the spars of his fins growing out first is the sign that he's healing, best water conditions you can manage. If the pellets are about the diameter of pencil lead in a #2 pencil that may be a little too much, if they're bigger than it is too much.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:25 AM   #4 
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1) Is your tank conditioned?
2) Are you testing the water? If so what are the values of each test?

As Thunderloon said, good water quality is the key to fin re-growth / healing.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:03 AM   #5 
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definitely tail biting, clean water to help with regrowth is the best thing for him.
There are several theories on why they bite, stress, boredom, or their fins just being too heavy for them. You might try changing the decorations inside the tank, or if there's a background, changing that as well. However that only works if he's biting out of boredom. IF stress, might try keeping the tank dark, adding plants for him to hide in, just generally keeping him a happy boy.

My boy is a tail biter, I just try to keep his water clean and feed him healthy food to help with regrowth. Some will bite no matter how much you do for them.
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