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Old 05-17-2011, 10:13 AM   #1 
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tips of fins are gone!!!

Ok so yesterday I knowticed that the tips of Fred's(crowntail male) fins were very white and clear. He is a red and black betta so its not usual. any ways today I look at him and his fins have gotten shorter. Its like the white and cleare tips just fell off . I am worried.

He is very active. and Is just about never hiding. so I dont think he is sick, can some one help please. is this normal.

As you can see in my PRO picture his tips are pretty long. but now they are about half as long. help please
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:36 AM   #2 
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sometimes bettas will bite at their own fins. perhaps this is what he is doing? i'm not entirely sure why they do that. stress perhaps?
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:46 AM   #3 
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can you please answer this form? Also try to get a picture for us;


Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:47 AM   #4 
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I read something in my book that says that they can get fin and tail rot due to fluxuating temps. I have not gotten a heater yet so I have a feeling that this is what it is. Also my air stone has been down for the past few weeks and my book says to increase airation so I am going to get that back up right now.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:56 AM   #5 
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And to answer your questions.

Housing
What size is your tank? 5G
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? Yes it has a wisper filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? It does but my air pump stoped working about 2 weeks ago
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? HBH betta color bright
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 times a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Cycleing right now so every 2 days 1 g gets changed
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I use tap water and topfin betta water conditioner.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
I have not tested. low money

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Just the tails have gotten shorter
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No not at all he is eating like a pig and is very active always swiming around his home
When did you start noticing the symptoms? yesterday started with color loss in the tail
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? I have owned him for 3 weeks
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:01 AM   #6 
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idk it's either some sort of infection or tail biting, I don't think it's fin-rot because the fins' ends usually gets darker, not whiter.

Well, probably you will end up doing the aquarium salt treatment, but I will totally recommend you to wait until one of the experts actually post here, you have everything but a photo that they need, so just hang on in there, they will post something soon!

I wish you guys the best! =]
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:08 AM   #7 
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With the water changes, I normally see people recommend a 50% and a 100% change during the week for a 5 gal. I'm not sure how your schedule works out without it being tested. That being said, perhaps the water conditioners are your culprit.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:30 PM   #8 
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ok fred has gotted worse and now I am knowticing that his belly is blown up really big. Some one please help I cant find anything about this in my book. And he is no longer swiming around / or eating. he just finds a spot on his leaves and sits for hours then finds another spot and sits there.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:50 PM   #9 
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I'm not sure what the problem is, but what are the feeding instructions on the food packaging? You might be overfeeding him... Bettas are pigs sometimes and will eat even when they are full. :P

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Old 05-18-2011, 08:02 PM   #10 
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Be careful, some companies are wrong in their feeding directions for bettas. You should feed your betta 3 pellets a day, maybe 4 if they are very tiny pellets. 3-4 times a day seems like alot, I give my bettas three of their tiny HBH Betta Bites pellets in the morning (waiting a minute between each pellet) and one in the evening. None of them have been bloated at all ^^
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