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Old 02-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #1 
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Ventral Fins changing color

What size is your tank? 3 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 78 degrees
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, at the moment

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqueon Betta pellets, Hikari Brine Shrimp
How often do you feed your betta fish? Pellets: about 5-7 pellets twice a day, brine shrimp, small pinch once a day

How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Top Fin Betta Water Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? Have not tested


Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His ventral fins are starting to turn white at the tips
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? No change in behavior.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I did a 100% water change and removed the ghost shrimp from his tank
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Less than a year. Just months old.

The next two photos were taken this morning, you can see the white tips:

This photo was taken three days ago. No white tips:

I hope someone has an idea of what is going on. Thanks for any help!
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #2 
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That looks like normal pigment IMO....a lot of Bettas have white tips on the ventral fins and since he is otherwise acting okay-I think he is just coloring up for you......lovely fella by the way
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:50 AM   #3 
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Usually white at the tips means growth... I think it looks normal. As for water changes in your tank. maybe go for one 50% AND one 25% a week. It's better for anything under 5 gallons.
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