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I've been asking a lot of qestions lately but my plakat that I got a couple weeks ago is starting to get red streaks on his fins! They are not dark red but if you look they are red.. Is he just changing color? Or is this serious?! I have everything to treat it because I keep medications on hand for situations like this but I don't want to treat and stress him for no reason! I did a small water change. Is this red streaks? Should I go straight and treat him? He still wants to eat like a pig and is swimming normal, even built a bubble nest yesterday, but I just noticed the streaks today!
 

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He is in a 2 gallon filtered and heated tank. He has one live plant with him (anacharis) along with other decorations.. Every other day I do a small about 20% water change. The temperature is 77-79 degrees. What do you mean by "tinged?"
 

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His fins look like the have a faded red on them if that is what you mean by tinged? The red is not on the edges but up and down the fins.
 

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Ok, I feel like I am talking to myself.. I really need answers any kind of advise is highly appreciated!
 

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I really hope he is just changing color, I will see how he is tomorrow! Thanks!
 

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So I checked today and there is film like stuff on the surface, kinda looks like oil! Is it just from the slime coat protection? Or is it from my heater? I don't know but could this be causing him to get these streaks?
 

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The oily film you see could be protein build up due to waste, food or plants. It is generally not harmful to your fish. It may be best for us to determine the red streaks you are talking about by posting some photos of this problem in question. As Pataflafla mentioned, it could be a natural change in color. If your betta is of blue or dark color, when they get stressed, the anal fin (section closer to body) can pale and the reddish hue become more pronounced. If your betta is transparent or light in color, the veins can be a bit more visible as well or the blood can be easily seen if they injure themselves. So not knowing exactly what you mean, photos will be very helpful in determining the problem.

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Here is a picture, I'm not sure if it will show up. You can kinda see the streaks on his back fin.. It is hard to get a picture, he keeps moving around!
 

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I'm real sorry guys Idon't know how to post a picture xD I'll try one more time..
 

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I'm real sorry guys Idon't know how to post a picture xD I'll try one more time..
I usually have trouble too. If you click on the quote (ie to quote me), you will see the "Manage attachment" under the message box. Try to upload your photo that way? May be someone else has better suggestion.
 

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Anyway, he isn't acting funny but the streaks are still deffinatly there! :/
 

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Are you testing the water for ammonia and nitrate? 2 gallon tanks are extremely difficult to maintain beneficial bacteria and they tend to break down a lot.
 
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