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Old 12-01-2011, 01:05 PM   #1 
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Hi everyone,

I have a new crowntail betta that I bought this past Sunday. He's been eating normally, built a beautiful bubble nest, and is quite active.

I noticed last night that he has some white/transparent colored tips on his anal fin and caudal fin. They look slightly fuzzy and like they're about to fall off. Since I bought him Sunday, his water is still clean and I've been careful not to overfeed him. What should I do?
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:12 PM   #2 
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What size of tank? do you add tap water conditioner? how often do you clean?
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It's a small bowl, 1 gallon I think. I did add tap water conditioner and since I just set it up on Sunday, I haven't cleaned it yet. I was planning on cleaning this weekend.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:20 PM   #4 
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Well, since you got him so soon... was he in a cup or something? they can sometimes get a little bit of fin rot from those unmaintained cups/bowls.

In a 1 gallon, he will be needing at least a 100% cleaning minimum of every 3 days... every 2 days being better. It could also be because the water is cold :) When the water is cold, it is easier for bettas to get fin rot... fin rot is from water quality.

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To treat the fin rot, do I just clean the water frequently or is there any medicine I should buy from a petstore? Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:43 PM   #6 
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Well considering it's just the first stages, and isn't really all that bad I just suggest doing a water change for the little guy Clean water is the best cure for fin rot! and no problem - that's what we're here for.

I usually do not recommend fin rot medication... try going the chemical free or safer route first. If the problem persists you can... Jungle and API make good stuff to buy!
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also, here are some photos (blurry) of what the fins look like
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:46 PM   #8 
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Looks like fin rot to me :) Not sure if the blackened tips are just his coloring or actually related, but that is a sign of fin rot usually. So yeah, if you can today just do a quick water change... it'll make him feel better :) I had one betta years ago, who got the fuzzy white... did a water change and it was gone.
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Okay, so I changed the water yesterday and he looked a lot better all night. I woke up this morning and it looks like it's coming back. Do you think it's because of the bowl? Do I need to buy a filtered aquarium?
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What is the temperature in the bowl?
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