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Cute guy..

Those are ammonia burns- they may diminish in time with proper care, but most likely won't.

Until you can upgrade, for a half gallon 2 50% and 1 100% water change per week is recommended, with only water conditioner.

Go ahead and do a 100% now to remove the Bettafix, as it's just watered down Melafix, which is not ideal to use with bettas.. unfortunately it can help in some areas, but the risk is too great, and it's healthier to just use a salt...

For the burns there is nothing you can do other then keep up on the water change- it happened because of being in a cup/small space and not enough water changes before you got him. Why it's important to do the recommended water change for that size to avoid more burns and ammonia poisoning.

I would also remove that spiky plant, as it can puncture their fins and cause damage.. spiky plastic plants don't fare well with bettas..

He may be uncomfortable being in the new tank, with no where to hide or to actually rest at- bettas (especially boys for some reason) love caves, and they love plants to sleep on/in..

He looks really healthy otherwise- just be careful and use an aquarium thermometer to make sure his water is in his recommended temp range (76*-82*), as they are tropical fish.. and make sure to acclimate him properly when doing water changes (he should be removed for each one) to avoid shock and death.

They sell those kits, but unfortunately, those kits cause more illnesses and deaths then anything else. Great for QT when a fish is sick- but as a home, if not kept up very carefully, can be dangerous. Yes, an upgrade is recommended, at least to a gallon so you could safely heat it.

Good luck to you!
 

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Sounds like he is just going up for air at a quick speed.. if he isn't "darting" off the side of the tank, or gravel, then it just may be him being goofy..
 

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I'm sure he will be better :) And we all have our freak out moments when we don't know if something is wrong with our little ones.
Can't wait to see him in his new home :)
 

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Sadly, a lot of bettas (if not most) will have the ammonia burns on their gills and gill covers when you get them from stores that don't do regular water changes in their cups.. I think all of mine have come with it, and most still have them despite proper care and water changes. But it tends not to affect them once they are in clean water- so he may have the scars, but he's in a good home now :)
 
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