Originally Posted by Myates
Ich looks like grains of salt, pure white dots that fall off. So it's safe to say, at least looking at the pictures, that he doesn't have ich. And the clear-white coloring on his top fin is fin regrowth. He has a few pieces on the bottom where it looks like he bit his own fins. But other then that, a very handsome, healthy guy.
Would be very healthy and helpful to add in a lot more plants and a cave of sorts. Otherwise the tail biting can get worse out of boredom and stress of being in such an open place.
I would go ahead and slowly acclimate him to no salt. It's not needed and over exposure it's not the greatest.
He must've bit his fins in the cup or at the store. At the time I took the picture, I just put him in his new tank. The one where he's in the cup was when i was acclimating him to the new tank so I didn't shock him with the temperature and water. He has a beautiful blue and starting to show streaks of red on his anal fins that weren't present at the fish store. I hope it becomes more pronounced. I'm suspecting he's gonna be a tough one to raise. Already dreading doing his 100% water change to lower the salt amount :( I'll try to buy some sort of cave or another plant if it looks like he isn't enjoying his current one.
And I would love to have a sorority some time down the line. I actually have a baby coming in Feb so I don't think I can have one any time soon. I'd want to be able to devote enough time and energy to it to do it right.
One thing I've noticed getting two bettas is they definitely have unique personalities. My first one took a couple of days to have him eat the bloodworms off my finger. He used to be so wary of my finger before. This new guy ate off my finger right off the bat even when he's still getting used to his new home. My first one carefully explored his new home but this new one darted around like mad for at least an hour.