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Hey guys, had this betta for 2 weeks now, have been feeding him pellets and the water temp is 25° in a 3 gallon tank. I did a water change for him a day ago and today I have noticed some black spots and holes on his fin, and not quite sure yet if this is a fin rot or not. He still looks happy and swimming around a lot.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums.
Can you get a picture of him flaring? It is a little difficult to judge his fin condition with his fins laying that way. Please also answer the questionnaire below, many fin issues come from water quality. The holes in his fins can be from the quality of the water or fin blowouts.

Many illnesses can be traced to water conditions. Your water-changing schedule is the most important element in diagnosing. Please be honest.

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank?
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?

Food:
What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
Freeze-dried?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?

Maintenance:
Before
your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
What percentage of water did you change?
What is the source of your water?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
What additives do you use? What brand of conditioner?

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?

PLEASE PROVIDE CLEAR PHOTOS

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Your fish is your responsibility.
When seeking help be thorough as members give advice based on the information you provide. While we have many knowledgeable fish keepers here, please remember that members' opinions are their own and that it is up to you to determine the best course of action for your fish. We are not responsible for any consequences resulting from following the advice you receive here.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums.
Can you get a picture of him flaring? It is a little difficult to judge his fin condition with his fins laying that way. Please also answer the questionnaire below, many fin issues come from water quality. The holes in his fins can be from the quality of the water or fin blowouts.

Many illnesses can be traced to water conditions. Your water-changing schedule is the most important element in diagnosing. Please be honest.

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank?
Does it have a filter?
Does it have a heater?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?

Food:
What food brand do you use?
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
Freeze-dried?
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?

Maintenance:
Before
your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
What percentage of water did you change?
What is the source of your water?
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
What additives do you use? What brand of conditioner?

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness (GH):
Alkalinity (KH):

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
Is your Betta still eating?
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
How long have you owned your Betta?
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?

PLEASE PROVIDE CLEAR PHOTOS

NOTE: EMBED YOUR PHOTOS. PLEASE DO NOT LINK. Click on "Go Advanced" and then on the paper clip in the toolbar.

Your fish is your responsibility.
When seeking help be thorough as members give advice based on the information you provide. While we have many knowledgeable fish keepers here, please remember that members' opinions are their own and that it is up to you to determine the best course of action for your fish. We are not responsible for any consequences resulting from following the advice you receive here.
Thanks for your reply, here are some additional information and also pictures of him flaring

Housing:
How many gallons is your tank?
3
Does it have a filter?
yes
Does it have a heater?
yes
What temperature is your tank?
25 °
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
no
Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind?
no
Food:
What food brand do you use?
Omega One betta buffet
Do you feed flakes or pellets?
1.5mm pellets
Freeze-dried?
dried
How often do you feed your Betta? How much?
one time per day about 6 pellets

Maintenance:
Before
your Betta became ill how often did you perform a water change?
once a week
What percentage of water did you change?
25%
What is the source of your water?
tap water , after 2 days added in water conditioner
Do you vacuum the substrate or just dip out water?
vaccum
What additives do you use? What brand of conditioner?
Aqua one water conditioner and also TLC bottled beneficial bacteria

Water Parameters:
What are your water parameters? Please give exact numbers. If tested by pet store please get exact numbers. "Fine" or "Safe" won't help us help you. Important: Test your water before the regular water change; not after one.

none

Symptoms and Treatment:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
2 days ago
How has your Betta’s appearance changed?
some minor dark spots and pinholes found on fin
How has your Betta’s behavior changed?
not changed
Is your Betta still eating?
yes
Have you started treating your Betta? If so, how?
Water change twice a week
Does your Betta have any history of being ill?
no
How long have you owned your Betta?
2 weeks
Was he or she ill or suffering some sort of damage when purchased?
no
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Thank you for the reply, unfortunately the pictures are not loading for me, I'll look at a few things on my computer and try again.

It looks like your water maintenance having 2 changes per week should be good, just make sure that you're stirring up the substrate as much as possible to get all of the gunk out.
I did notice that you mentioned you waited 2 days before adding in the water conditioner. The water conditioner can be added immediately to the water before putting it into the tank, it is actually important to immediately neutralize the chlorine / chloramine.
You can add some Indian Almond Leaves or Rooibos Teabag, it will help soothe and provide some antibacterial / antifungal properties to the water. This will stain the water brown though, but he will love it.
 
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