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fins getting worse

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Okay it just started with his bottom fin looking ripped. I changed water and took out plastic plant and ornaments. Now his tail has a tiny hole in it and his top fin looks ragged. He's the only one in the 5.5 heated tank. All silk plants betta hammock and betta log. What's wrong there's some aquarium salt in the water. All parameters are good. He's swimming and acting normal. I started him on bettafix. Please help me =/
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Oh there's an apple snail and Marimo ball in there too
Housing What size is your tank? 5.5 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 77 f
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 - apple snail and Marimo ball

Food What type of food do you feed your betta fish? - tetra Berta flake. Won't eat pellet. Some days he gets daphnia blood worm or mysis.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day only a tiny bit. Skip one day.

Maintenance How often do you perform a water change- 2 times a week with gravel vac.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? -API tap water conditioner. Stress coat and nutrafin cycle.

Water Parameters: ammonia: <.25
Nitrate: 0
Ph: 7.2
Alkalinity: 50( used pool test strip.)
Have you tested your water? Yes every week

Symptoms and treatment
Has his appearance changed?
No other than torn fins
Activity change? No still swims and eats
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I cant tell from the pic but he may be bitting his fins.
I think your right. The aquarium store said the same thing. This all started happening when I removed his skull ornament he used to hide in. I put it back in hopes to relieve stress
Just keep an eye to make sure fin rot does not develop. I had 2 chronic bitters myself. :evil:

This all started happening when I removed his skull ornament he used to hide in. I put it back in hopes to relieve stress
SOmetimes they bite when angry or bored, so this makes sense.
Ah thats horrible. I put his skull back too. Ever since I took it out he has started chasing his reflection non stop. I think it stressed him out. He would flare and swim really fast while flaring so I think that could have hurt him. I do have Betta fix in there as a preventative with salt and stress coat.
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