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Betta fin tear? and weird growth on driftwood

Hello, my betta fish Malfice is new and I got him about three weeks ago, he lives in a 3.5 gal tank with a heater, filtration, natural aquarium soil and plants as well as a piece of driftwood. This morning I noticed he had a tear in his tail fin seemingly he got it overnight? And there is a weird fungal-like growth covering the driftwood, could that be a reason for concern? How do I treat the tear?
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Hello, my white betta fish Malfice (malfy) is new and I got him about three weeks ago, he lives in a 3.5 gal tank with a heater, filtration, natural aquarium soil and plants as well as a piece of driftwood...This morning I noticed he had a tear in his tail fin seemingly he got it overnight? And there is a weird fungal-like growth covering the driftwood in his tank, could that be a reason for concern? How do I treat the tear????
I am also waiting for my almond leaves to arrive, will that remedy the tear?
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I'm sure the experts here will ask for your tank parameters. But in the meantime..

Are there places on the driftwood that might catch on your bettas fins? Did you treat the driftwood before placing it in the tank? Some growth on them can be normal but it does get affected by conditions in the water. I had a large piece of driftwood with questionable edges and I buried that side as well as buffing it down a bit.

And yeah, probably helpful to know the parameters in your tank for all the other reasons this could be happening.
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I'm sure the experts here will ask for your tank parameters. But in the meantime..

Are there places on the driftwood that might catch on your bettas fins? Did you treat the driftwood before placing it in the tank? Some growth on them can be normal but it does get affected by conditions in the water. I had a large piece of driftwood with questionable edges and I buried that side as well as buffing it down a bit.

And yeah, probably helpful to know the parameters in your tank for all the other reasons this could be happening.
thank you very much for your help I will remove the driftwood and clean and buff the edges
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thank you very much for your help I will remove the driftwood and clean and buff the edges
Just remember no soap. I use a clean, never used before, toothbrush to scrub under hot water and treat with water conditioner or filtered water before putting back in.
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Welcome to the Forum!

If the growth is slimy like snot it is a natural, harmless fungus and will go away with time. You might also try boiling if you had not already.

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UPDATE: My bettas rail has started showing signs of healing! I made sure to clean and sand the edges of the driftwood and also gave him a 25% water change, I will continue with 10% water changes until his tail is healed. he’s very happy and active, below are pictures before and after
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Just to add should you not know, anything less than 10 gallons does best if one does at least a 25% water change and vacuum per week.

Fish and plants deplete certain essential nutrients/minerals, etc. Water changes restore them and help keep a healthy, balanced aquarium.

Adding SeaChem StressGuard daily can help aid in fin healing as it is mild antiseptic properties.

He's looking better. Split fins or not, he is one gorgeous Betta.
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Just to add should you not know, anything less than 10 gallons does best if one does at least a 25% water change and vacuum per week.

Fish and plants deplete certain essential nutrients/minerals, etc. Water changes restore them and help keep a healthy, balanced aquarium.

Adding SeaChem StressGuard daily can help aid in fin healing as it is mild antiseptic properties.

He's looking better. Split fins or not, he is one gorgeous Betta.
Thank you! I’ll be sure to clean his tank on a regular basis, I’ve also been looking for that stress guard for a while, guess it’s time for another trip to the fish store 😂
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