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Old 06-06-2011, 06:59 AM   #1 
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Finrot I think! Help.

Housing
What size is your tank? 10G
What temperature is your tank? 81 F
Does your tank have a filter?yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?no
Is your tank heated?yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?TetraColor Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 daily


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Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? dechlorinator

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

Ammonia:safe
Nitrite:safe
Nitrate:20ppm
pH:neutral
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? shredded fins
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? hasnt changed
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Got nipped by tetras, so no
How old is your fish (approximately)?In our house: 1.5 MOnths

Look at the tail! It is "shredded" compare it with my avatar!
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:09 AM   #2 
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I can't see it very well (it's a little blurry) but the edges don't look black and he otherwise looks completely healthy. If it is fin rot, a little AQ salt would help, increased water changes, so on... but being that you probably take fantastic care of your fish being a regular member here, I might suggest he's a new fin chewer perhaps? Maybe those are nibbles?

That'd be a best case scenario... not a particularly good one but better than fin rot. Sort of.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:02 AM   #3 
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The first one shows it well to me...

Anyways, I don't think he's a tailbiter, so right now he's in a QT jug in his tank so I can administer any treatment or clean his water more effectively.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:34 AM   #4 
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You said in your first post that he was nipped by tetras? Was that recently? If so, there's the obvious reason for his fin shredding. If that incident's a thing of the past then, hmm. Fin rot doesn't start suddenly. Most people begin noticing pinholes in the fins or dark edges around the bottom where the fin is literally rotting away long before the fins go through that drastic of a change. Offhand, I'd say he either caught his tail on something like a plant or he's a tailbiter.
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Old 06-06-2011, 03:17 PM   #5 
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Hmm...it happened a month ago, but it was on his anal fin. That seems mostly healed...but the shredding... I did add a new piece of decor to his tank, but its not the first time hes seen/ had it in his tank. It has no sharp edges, actually, nothing has edges unless hes gotten in ripped on the water bottle filter baffle.

Is it also possible this is a natural course of development for him?
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:41 PM   #6 
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How would I start salt treatments? Im noticing some black, but not a lot. I wanna stop it now...
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:14 PM   #7 
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Put him in a QT container and I think it's 1 tsp per gallon. The smaller container makes it much easier to dose him (trust me, I tried to dose my guy in his 10g and it was a pain in the neck)
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:17 PM   #8 
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I got my questions answers in the quick q thread and one other one one tsp / gal and my QT container is 2 quarts. So I'm just gonna mix the tsp to gallon ratio in a gallon container and take whatever water I need from there
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:01 PM   #9 
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How strong is that filter intake?

That looks like damage from the filter, which happened to my fish just the same way. Getting too close may have ripped the edges.

If its strong enough to kind of suck close a net or something similar, it can to his fins, too..
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:24 AM   #10 
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He has gotten close to it, but there is a glass water bottle around the edges. Sometimes he swims right over it, feels the suction, but just keeps swimming.
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